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Online Learning Reflects Modern Reality

  • Three-quarters of post-secondary institutions report that the downturn in the economy has increased demand for online courses, while only a half of institutions report an increased demand for face-to-face courses and programs, according to a report by Babson Survey Research Group and the Sloan Consortium.
  • In 2010, 63% of all responding institutions said online education was an essential part of their long-term strategy, compared to 59% in 2009, according to the Sloan report.
  • Nearly 80% of responding organizations said they had hired applicants with online degrees in the past 12 months, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.
  • In a survey of individuals working in libraries or library-related industries, 82% of respondents said they would hire someone with a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree earned online, and 43% believed the online degree was equivalent to a traditional degree.
  • Employers are increasingly accepting of online degrees, and corporations have given a nod to online learning by providing tuition reimbursement to their employers for online programs, thereby recognizing that they are a viable option for working adults, according to a report commissioned by Western Governors University.
  • Educators are realizing that the current higher education model that centers on the in-classroom lecture is outdated and doesn’t reflect advances made by modern technology, according to a public radio series aimed at rethinking the way college students learn.
  • Many in academia see online learning as a key to advancing their mission, putting higher education in the hands of those who might not otherwise have access to it, according to a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit.