What’s behind the Explosive Growth in Distance Learning?Written by Rose
There is a ground swell of support globally to support growth of distance learning. Market research firms, government agencies, public and private companies, and even venture capital firms – those companies that invest in new and emerging businesses – all agree that distance learning’s future is very bright, and a good investment opportunity as well.
All this translates into a bright future for anyone looking at distance learning to accomplish their career, educational, and learning objectives. Chances are if there isn’t a program in place today for your specific needs, there will be one – soon. This article explains how perfect storm is brewing for distance learning, in a very positive way. Several market factors are presented here, along with research from research and government agencies that show that distance learning is here to stay and may someday surpass traditional classroom attendance approaches to learning.
What’s driving Distance Learning growth?
Consider following statistics from International Data Corporation on market for distance learning – these figures and others are making many traditional colleges and universities re-vamp their courses and degree programs to make them available online.
- There are 133 million U.S. adults or 66% of adult population, which have Internet access today. That’s over half entire U.S. population and serves as a strong incentive for colleges and universities to re-vamp their programs to support this untapped educational market.
- According to International Data Corporation, over 90% of college students access Internet, with 50% accessing Web daily, and this is on a global scale. Colleges and universities have also found that to stay relevant to their traditional students, they have had to create online and distance learning programs quickly to stay up with their learning needs.
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Stanford University’s Online Lessons Learned
Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development has recently completed a survey of those that have been successful in completing online degree programs globally. The results of their research provide useful guidance for anyone considering an online program. The findings of their research are summarized here:
- Best for motivated, self-directed students who have a definite goal. The Stanford survey confirms that best students are those that don’t need constant attention and guidance, and most importantly, have a clear goal for their educational degree.
- Online learning attracts students who would not otherwise have taken courses.The survey shows that it is definitely an either-or situation for many students – many don’t take classes at all unless they are offered online.
- Need for recognition and achievement.Stanford has found that most effective students for online programs like to compete for high marks online and eventually earn a degree that is delivered to them anywhere in world.
- High need for autonomy. Stanford’s results show that any student who prizes their autonomy over being overly socially involved excels at online learning programs.