How important has distance education become? Since 2000 internet education has grown tremendously. Today it is the answer for many students out there. Here are ten frequently asked questions about online schools, the answers to which may surprise you.
10. How many students are enrolled in online education courses?
Over 8 MILLION students are registered in distance education courses. This number continues to grow every year.
9. Why are students so interested in internet schools?
Because of the economy more and more students are enrolling in schools. Both distance ed. colleges and traditional colleges have seen increased enrollment since the economy went kaput. People are trying to find better jobs and education is what it takes to get those jobs.
8. Who offers these courses?
There are online colleges and universities that offer only distance education courses. You can also take courses on the internet offered by traditional colleges and universities like Harvard and Yale. All forms of education are taking advantage of the online education popularity.
7. How are traditional colleges adapting?
Many traditional colleges have created "web facilitated" courses that allow students to study on the internet but in a face to face setting. A lot of colleges use hybrid courses that are both in class discussion with online elements.
6. What's in the future?
In 2010 63% of all traditional colleges agreed that these internet courses were vital to their future. Education online is the way of the future and traditional colleges are taking advantage of that.
5. How many students are learning this way?
Distance Education schools experience a growth in enrollment every year of about 20%. That's about 1 million NEW students a year. Everybody's doing it...really.
4. Will the hype ever end?
Not likely. Most traditional colleges have implemented online programs into their curriculum's and don't plan to change. These college courses can help a lot of students so it seems these programs are here to stay.
3. What does this mean for students?
With the continued growth of online colleges and use of these programs in traditional Universities, this means that if you are a traditional student you may be taking some courses online or using some programs through your school. If you are already an online student you can expect to see more and more of your friends joining in.
2. What are the opinions of earning your degree through the internet?
When online education was still a new concept many were skeptical as to the quality of education that students were earning through distance education courses. Since then there has been a long standing debate of the credibility of online schools. Earning your degree through these schools is the same quality as if you were to earn it from a traditional college. More and more people and employers are accepting this form of education as the norm.
1. Is online education here to stay?
Yes. The only thing that may change the attendance rates for online schools is if there is a change in financial aid. This can go both ways. If the government decides to allow more funding for online schools then, attendance may go up even further. If the government decides to reduce the funding for online schools the numbers may decrease.
Online schools are here to stay. So many students benefit from online schools and are earning their degrees through them, that it is not likely they will ever go away. If anything you should expect to see online schools and online degree courses continue to grow.