The internet has changed the way humans do -- well, almost everything. For instance, instead of physically giving five bucks to a friend for buying coffee, one can Venmo them. Social circles are connected through Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and so on. Even grocery shopping can be done online thanks to Amazon. So why wouldn’t education follow this trend of improving the way in which humans live and interact?
More than 6 million students took at least one online course in 2015, according to the latest Digital Learning Compass report. With on-campus course enrollment on the decline and online enrollment increasing, colleges can use the latest in tech to boost student learning opportunities and reap financial benefits.
It's important to have a good understanding of the expectations and commitment required to successfully earn a degree online before starting your education. Most notably, being aware of the support structure at the university will be essential. Online students may interact with support staff via videoconferencing, phone, email or other means. If you are planning to pursue an online degree, here are five questions you should consider asking the online school's enrollment adviser as you compare programs.
Are today’s MOOCs akin to the first generation of smart phones? Is edX / Coursera circa 2017 comparable to original (and largely forgotten) touch screen mobile phone / communications & computing device - the 1994 IBM Simon? There is a possibility that for all the wonderful benefits of open online education - and there are many - that MOOCs are an idea that is ahead of our time.
Technology has disrupted industry after industry, changing the landscape and usually resulting in lower costs to consumers. Ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft and the lodging app Airbnb are just a few examples. So here's an interesting question -- is technology, in the form of online courses, about to dramatically lower the soaring cost of higher education?
With an annual tuition rate of $6,480, Tech costs significantly less than other online degree programs. At No. 2 behind Tech is University of Massachusetts-Lowell at $8,625 - more than $2,000 higher than Tech’s tuition. The average rate of the ranked schools is $12,207, nearly twice as much as Tech’s tuition.
Last summer the world’s largest online retailer launched Amazon Inspire, touting it as a hub for educators to exchange lesson plans and other Open Education Resources. But a year later, the site remains in limited, invitation-only beta. Some wonder when it will be open to the wider education community (and what the company’s broader education strategy is).
As recently as 2014, more than five million students were enrolled in online or "distance learning" programs at post-secondary institutions that grant degrees, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. That's nearly one-third of all such students.
The Virtual High School, VHS, is a nonprofit organization that aims to offer the highest quality online education to the students of middle school and high school. But also for educators themselves to improve their professional skills. VHS is attempting to help teachers fill the void by offering the most advanced courses online that help their students gain knowledge of the various aspects of computer science.
Several technology-driven trends are disrupting education systems around the world. Together, these trends are offering innovative solutions for a flawed system and contributing to more impactful learning experiences.