There have been a lot of changes in American education. In 1980, 36 percent of US high school students were enrolled in full-time college courses.
How Online Learning Has Improved Over The Years
On any given day, you’ll find students enrolling in online courses via software-based education platforms to help maximize their learning opportunities. These programs have become so popular that they’re continuing to gain traction and close more financial gaps within universities. Whether it’s your child or a coworker, these online platforms are helping you make the most of your professional skills and enable you to quickly learn something new.
By the beginning of the 1990s, the number of students enrolling in bachelor’s degrees alone on a per-student basis peaked and began to plummet. Even though the vast majority of online programs were in fields not-or alternative to traditional ones such as business and accounting, the number of students began to fall off, taking a hit in 2000-2002. By 2006, online programs had made it into the top 50 and continued to rise, increasing 15 percent during the next six years. In 2016, the latest year for which government data is available, a record number of students were enrolled in online programs: 1.36 million new online students. This marks a 15 percent increase in online students since 2015.
Insight Technology provided data to help gain insight into how these numbers have grown, and it was interesting to learn that even students who couldn’t afford in-person classes, most who could afford them were enrolling. The results also confirmed findings from a previous survey they conducted. Key takeaways from this analysis are:
Intervention and Courses are Key
For these students, any information can be invaluable and that includes online courses. These students want a help with course concepts and for them to learn from experts within their fields. In addition, it’s easier to learn from experts with real-life experience.
Even though it’s safe to say many students have taken on more coursework in online platforms than in face-to-face classes, that’s by no means saying they’re better qualified for an online program. Therefore, it’s critical to take these programs seriously and make sure you’re getting the maximum value out of your online coursework.
Faculty Attracts New Students
The student body in online programs can be made up of a variety of people — working professionals, recent grads, professional students, etc. The main requirement for online students to get into an online program is to have high academic ability and also a desire to learn. In addition, gaining admission into an online program isn’t a guarantee. Take it from online-course instructor David Ward who studied kinesiology. He said his credentials helped him land a job teaching kinesiology through the ACT Online. Furthermore, he said it was important for him to get some experience and so he enrolled in an online program to build his credentials prior to entering the workforce.
He gave this as an example of one way the online program is giving him extra value.
Another advantage is that online professors can recruit more students than what’s available on campus. They can’t be in every classroom, giving them an opportunity to be part of the learning process. This creates a sense of trust among the faculty, allowing the students to trust their instructor, and making the online experience more fulfilling for students than on-campus courses.
Online programs ensure students of all backgrounds have access to resources to study. This is done both by encouraging and facilitating collaboration with peers. Online courses provide a way for students to get assignments or materials to classmates in a form that can easily be read. Ideally, the student can also discuss course concepts in order to further ensure that the correct approach is being taken. As importantly, online programs strive to involve the entire student body so they’re participating in the learning process, especially as work or work experience becomes more intense.