In the digital age, college graduates have a plethora of educational choices. Choosing the right college can be an overwhelming experience, as students and families look for a university that works for them.
How Has Online College Changed Learning
American families and students are increasingly turning to high school, community college, and private institutions to raise their children. But for many working families in search of an affordable college education, studying is out of reach.
More than 58 percent of all students in the U.S. enrolled in community college, and this year, the program projected to enroll more than 1.5 million new students, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
As more students struggle to pay for college, colleges are increasingly making higher education available online, often through programs on college website lynda.com. These online degrees allow students to take courses through quick, affordable, and accessible format to study with near real-time tutorials and a rapid learning pathway.
“We want to be in the middle of lifelong learning,” Lyca co-founder and president Jacqueline Buhagiar told Fox Business. “Our new vision is to be a lifelong college experience.”
Moreover, Lynda’s new revenue model encourages young adults to explore courses online at their own pace. This revenue model, when combined with teaching skills and valuable resources, can help students achieve their lifelong learning goals. With options ranging from even the basic biology to major-level courses and more, students can virtually get a jump start on their careers and further prepare for current and future educational requirements.
Unlike traditional college, online degrees are very much on schedule. College students — even those studying online — generally finish a degree in four years. And even if a student chooses a slower pace, there is still the valuable benefit of peer support to hold students accountable.
When students study online, their enthusiasm for school is easier to sense. This enthusiasm can often be palpable in their online course of study, which can encourage those watching to always push themselves to improve.
Lynda and Lyca build learning ecosystems that foster learning, which gives students a more productive experience. Students in their communities have access to a variety of resources — and can learn from their peers in ways that build confidence and inspire lifelong learning.
In fall 2017, Lynda announced a partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, a leading non-profit institution with 3,100 students across campus and online. Students will now be able to complete their college credits, earn a degree, and expand their portfolios.
Lynda also recently added credentials like Fireman’s Certification and Inspectors Training as different credentials students can earn for ongoing education and future industry certifications. With more than 2,000 program instructors currently enrolled, the Lynda Learning Academy’s growing network of teachers makes the online college more affordable.
“Lyta.com is built on people — on a foundation of empowering people to create content, learn, and learn faster — and it’s rare that a company can make learning easier and more affordable than traditional higher education,” Buhagiar said.
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