Eight hundred-plus universities are part of the MOOC movement, wooing some 78 million students to their online classes, according to Class Central CEO Dhawal Shah. However, there were fewer first-time MOOC students taking free classes in 2017 than in 2016 -- 20 million vs. 23 million. One reason, suggested Sha, is that there's a rise in the number of paying users.
There’s been a surge of staggering evidence claiming the growth of online education hinders the success of students who need it the most: Less proficient students who are in need of face-to-face time with skilled educators. These types of students tend to take more online coursework and do significantly worse than students who took the same class in a traditional setting.
As more students seek flexible alternatives to traditional, on-campus courses, online education continues to evolve. Among other trends, 2017 saw the proliferation of smaller credentials beyond online degrees, rising online course enrollment at nonprofit universities and the use of big data to track student performance.
Women face at least two ongoing educational obstacles. First, there is substantial evidence that girls continue to get streamed out of STEM programs, if not in middle or high school, at least by the time they arrive in university. Indeed, most computer science and engineering programs have yet to tip the 20% mark when it comes to graduating women.
Technology smarts matter, whether you're studying on campus or online. But as an online student, technology inherently plays an even greater role in your coursework. Knowing from the outset what technology is required can boost your chances of success. Here are four things to look into as you prepare for the semester.
Education has the power to transform, to enlighten, and to advance. But you must do your due diligence to ensure that you pursue the best possible educational opportunities, whether online or in person. If you don’t do your homework, you can get scammed out of both money and time.
Determine whether you need to pay a technology or distance learning fee as an online student. Whether you have decided to pursue an online degree for a new job or to advance in your current role, paying for your education can be a major hurdle.
The online higher education market in the US is anticipated to witness rapid growth over the forecast period, owing to the robust ICT (information, communication, and technology) infrastructure, increased penetration of mobile devices, rising adoption of BYOD (bring your own devices), and surging demand for employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.
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.