A fascinating report from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation indicates that more educators are finally catching on to online learning. The study indicates that â€œOnline enrollments have been growing substantially faster than overall higher education enrollments.â€
- Almost 3.5 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2006 term
- The 9.7 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 1.5 percent growth of the overall higher education student population.
- Nearly twenty percent of all U.S. higher education students were taking at least one online course in the fall of 2006.
Heading the curve are 2-year colleges, which have the highest growth rates and account for over one-half of all online enrollments for the last five years. Surely because online learning is extremely valuable for working adults, who can squeeze the lessons into their work schedules.
Iâ€™ve been working in e-learning for five years, and battling skepticism has been an uphill struggle. Itâ€™s good to hear that more people are loosening up to the notion.
But as an online course software developer, I still see huge roadblocks with many of the online learning platforms. They can be ungainly, unintuitive, quirky and expensive. Especially in early days of adoption, we find making a usable system is paramount.
For more reading, listen to this related report from NPR.