As Economy Wavers, Online Enrollments Climb

 

elearning_treeofknowledgeToday’s Inside Higher Education reports on the annual Sloan Consortium report Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States”, 2008” concerning the state of online learning in the United States. Though some expect enrollments in online courses to flatten, this has not been the case. Enrollment in online courses continues to increase and will likely to do so as the US and global economy falters. Cash strapped students simply can’t afford to pay for residential services and need increased availability to online instruction. Though many institutions have online courses, many still have yet to make them a priority. In fact, the report indicates that there is a drop in those that deem online courses critical to their future. This is a mistake. Those that have made online courses a priority are reaping the benefits, those that haven’t are missing out.

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About Michael Ritter PhD
Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, science textbook author, educational technology blogger, podcaster, and freelance media consultant.

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