Why Students Like Online Learning by lonyoo


									Why Students Like Online Learning
While "brick and mortar" mode of learning will never be eliminated, students are attracted to the online environment for
many reasons:

        Students can attend a course anytime, from anywhere.
        Online can be less intimidating.
        Course material is accessible 24/7.
        Online learning can facilitate team learning.
        Online course development allows for a broad spectrum of content/diversity of course material.
        Online environment makes instructors more approachable.
        Online learning enables student-centered teaching approaches.


According to the National Center for Education Statistics Distance Education at Postsecondary Institutions: 2006-07.

    1. There were 12.2 million distance education enrollments at two-year and four-year institutions of which 9.8 million
       were undergraduate and 2.4 million were graduate or first-professional. Of the 12.2 million, 9.39 million were for
       online courses, 1.46 million were for blended courses (online/campus based), and 1.22 million enrollments were
       for correspondence courses.
    2. Two-thirds of all institutions offered college level, credit-granting distance education.
    3. One-third of all institutions provided degree or certificate programs that could be completed totally online.
    4. One-third of all institutions offered non-credit distance education courses.

Top 5 Factors Affecting Institutions' Decision to Offer Distance Education:

    1.   Meeting student demand for flexible schedules.
    2.   Providing access to college.
    3.   Making more courses available.
    4.   Seeking to increase student enrollment.
    5.   Responding to the needs of employers/business.

According to Steve Kolowich of The Chronicle of Higher Education, "Both public universities and two-year colleges did
agree that online courses were 'critical' to their long-term strategies, while baccalaureate institutions generally refrained
from ascribing them such dramatic importance. Still, 58 percent of all colleges surveyed agreed that online courses were
strategically critical."


        Recession May Drive More Adult Students to Take Online Courses by Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle of Higher
         Education, January 16, 2009.
        Distance Learning for Continuing Education by John R. Hall, January 26, 2009
        Online Education Grows, but Painfully by Marc Parry, May 22, 2009.
        The Distance Ed Tipping Point by Scott Jaschik, May 26, 2009


        United States Distance Learning Association
        Distance Education and Training Council
        Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
        Magna Publications
        Handbook of Online Learning: Innovations in Higher Education and Corporate Training
        Evaluation in Distance Education and E-Learning: The Unfolding Model
        Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom

                                        Enrollment Marketing Solutions, Inc. • June 2009

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