Sharp Increase in Online Learning

November 10, 2006

A report released yesterday by the US-based Sloan Consortium, a group of colleges pursuing online programs, estimates that the number of college and university students taking at least one online course rose 40% in fall 2005, to about 3.2 million students. The results one year earlier had suggested a plateau was at hand. Another recent survey by Eduventures found 50% of PSE consumers would prefer to get at least some of their instruction online. The distinction between traditional and distance-delivered courses is blurring, as more and more professors post syllabi and homework assignments online. About 38% of senior administrators felt that online courses "degraded the educational experience." CNN