Whatís behind the Explosive Growth in Distance Learning?

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  • 87% of four-year colleges will offer distance-learning courses in 2004, up from 62% in 1998. According to International Data Corporation, 25% more colleges and universities added distance learning programs between 1998 and 2004.

  • By 2004, 2.2 million degree-seeking students are enrolled in distributed courses Ė CAGR of 33%. The growth of distance learning on a global scale hasrepparttar attention of companies as well Ė they plan on spending $272B inrepparttar 148197 next five years on in-house training and education programs, according to International Data Corporation.

  • 51% of all online courses worldwide have online discussion forms in 2001, growing to 65% in 2005. This is a sign of how quicklyrepparttar 148198 Internetís performance is improving aroundrepparttar 148199 world. The bandwidth required to support online discussions is great news for distance learning. Now evenrepparttar 148200 most geographically remote student can getrepparttar 148201 education they want.

    Summary
    The implications are clear. Distance learning is growing rapidly and has been fortunate that many countries teach English in addition to their own native languages. Whatís next onrepparttar 148202 horizon of distance learning is offering courses and degrees in multiple languages. International Data Corporation predicts that by 2006, 65% of all Internet users will be international.


    Rose is the editor of www.distance-learning-college-guide.com where you find answers, information and advice on distance learning colleges, accredited online degrees and online courses. See more related information at Just what is Distance Learning?




  • Is Pursuing a Degree Online really for you? Who Should and Who Should Not?

    Written by Rose Musyoka


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  • Ability to commit up to 10 hours a week torepparttar course. Stanfordís study show thatrepparttar 148196 best students donít necessarily put inrepparttar 148197 longest hours; they arerepparttar 148198 ones that makerepparttar 148199 most ofrepparttar 148200 hours they commit. The minimum amount of time Stanford found students could spend per week on entry-level courses was 4 hours per week; for graduate-level courses, 15 hours or more.

  • Confidence in sharing their own experiences. Many ofrepparttar 148201 respondents torepparttar 148202 Stanford said thatrepparttar 148203 best classes were marked by other students sharing their own experiences. The willingness to share experiences makes forrepparttar 148204 best online classes, and this is substantiated byrepparttar 148205 Stanford study.

  • Like to write. Stanford found this as a definite requirement, but critical torepparttar 148206 success of anyone in an online program. Writing isrepparttar 148207 primary means by which studentís interaction with each other and their instructors is achieved, so this is also important to keep in mind.

    Bottom Line:

    The Stanford survey shows thatrepparttar 148208 more independent and focused a student is,repparttar 148209 more successful they will be in distance learning programs. Writing is also important, as isrepparttar 148210 willingness to contribute to classes.



    Rose Musyoka is the editor of www.distance-learning-college-guide.com where you find answers, information and advice on distance learning colleges, accredited online degrees and online courses. See more related information at distance learning benefits


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