July 19, 2013
By Gina C
A recent online enrollment research survey shows that students are rushing to sign up for online education opportunities. The number of students taking at least one class online courses rose some 30-plus percent in the past decade, according to the study. Anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 students are taking these so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
MOOCs haven’t even scratched the surface of what they will become in five or 10 years. Like those universities that offer the best college programs online, future online learning aspirations are high, but practical applications are still under the lens. The three biggest independent or non-profit providers of online learning have recently marked their one-year anniversaries. A fourth, already seven years old, continues to supplement, not supplant, traditional courses.
Free online courses are still the main lure for massive open online courses, but companies like edX offer students and others an open source education platform. It also is actively adding new universities and colleges to better its online offerings, as well as conducting research into best ways for students to learn in an online setting. Read More .