E-Learning: Increasing Your Learning Options
According to the report released by the Babson Survey Research Group in January, 2014 more than 7.1 million students are taking online courses, and the proportion of students taking at least one online course is now at an all-time high of 33.5 percent.
Chief academic officers are strong believers that the number of students taking online courses will continue to grow, and 90% of academic leaders believe that that a majority of all higher education students will be taking at least one online course over the next five years. They also believe that there will be substantial use of student-directed, self-paced components in future online courses.
Students of all ages are engaging in both online and hybrid courses as both full-time and part-time students, on campus, off-campus and in growing numbers through eLearning.
The reasons for this continued growth are numerous. Changing demands in the workforce; the need to secure new job skills or to update existing ones; employer requirements to secure certification, licensure, or to renew them; a desire to pursue a new career path; or simply a desire to engage in learning all contribute to the growth. One other factor - the changing ways in which higher education is delivered - has opened the door to many learners. E-learning has provided learning opportunities in more convenient ways, allowing students, like you, with busy work schedules, family commitments, and other responsibilities and activities the opportunity to learn.
No longer is a commute to a campus or off-campus center during rush hour or a long commute over country roads a hindrance. As more and more colleges and universities establish and expand online learning courses, programs, and related services for learners, the traditional barriers of time and location have been reduced dramatically. And with the growth and availability of "high tech" tools and innovative teaching approaches that allow faculty to move course content and activities "online," e-learning is getting better and better.
For many students, e-learning provides opportunities to continue their educational pursuits while working, raising a family, or when they do not have immediate access to a campus. E-learning can be undertaken in a variety of forms, but its central feature is that the learning takes place when the instructor and students are not in a traditional "face-to-face" classroom. In the e-learning environment, traditional interaction, whether between faculty and students or students with their fellow learners, is conducted through some form of platform on the Internet, commonly called a course or learning management system. Some course or learning managements used by Louisiana colleges include Blackboard, Moodle, or Joule.
Learn more about e-learning on this site by assessing your readiness to be an online learner and reading the frequently asked questions from learners, like you, who are considering trying an online course or degree program.