Digital learning has gone from a small part of college to a completely optional luxury for many students.
What Does 100% Online Learning Mean
In less than two decades, we have witnessed the decline of traditional higher education as costs mount and college boards break the leg of students by charging them high fees for useless degrees. Instead, students are gravitating towards what is called “learning to learn,” or learning to teach. True, many careers require more mastery than knowledge of a subject, but those who learn to teach and teach to learn, realize that a degree from a college can wait.
If the average American high school graduate has the dreaded debt-to-earnings ratio to prove it, I imagine that fewer students choose to pursue higher education. The modern shift to much less demanding learning options shows an increased demand for practical teaching and learning environments.
Further, for-profit schools are, in my opinion, a dying business, which will continue to dwindle even as they grow in popularity among students who are graduating college carrying large student loans. Online learning is the new frontier for education that students have embraced, and online college campuses are the new faces of teachers. The new online colleges offer students the opportunity to actually “pick up the pencil” instead of reading as much text as possible and memorizing as much as possible, as students now spend their whole academic year learning to learn.
Most students who do attend traditional campuses do so for various reasons, mostly related to employment. Many students attend college to get a job (elite institutions tend to enroll more students), while many see it as a means of increasing their own personal confidence and personal level of self-worth. Other students are looking for a means of rebooting their own personal career struggles.
The new trend is that students don’t always do school as a career. Rather, students choose to be students. In many ways, that is not necessarily a bad thing.
How much is teaching online?
In some ways, online education has indeed become a new “fourth” branch of learning for students. Most people who attend online colleges do so for personal reasons, and also for career reasons. Many of my online students do not focus on business, nor do many of my students focus on statistics or marketing. What all students can focus on is learning how to be comfortable “in a classroom.”
What is taught online?
In order to become a more effective teacher, or at least a better teacher than one might have been even 10 years ago, teachers have to move away from what we have become accustomed to teaching. For example, many teachers are re-learning to teach through prompts from either a text book or blackboard.
What are the benefits of teaching through online courses?
As I previously said, students have become more reluctant to attend traditional colleges and universities because of the high cost of attending college, as well as the fact that it takes a lot of time for students to put forth their best effort to achieve their degrees. However, online colleges provide a learning environment that is very quick and very affordable.
Currently, more than 95 percent of the eight million students enrolled in online programs at U.S. colleges and universities are women and Asian/Pacific Islander students, according to a report published by Inside Higher Ed.
Another benefit of online colleges is that they provide their own campuses. Online universities can operate more quickly and have the luxury of having multiple campus locations, as opposed to a very limited number of campus locations, which is what many traditional campuses have in place. As an example, as I mentioned above, many students attend online colleges for careers where they will be working with business. In this case, online colleges provide that. It seems to me that one campus is not enough for a business student and many business schools have multiple campuses.