Online learning has been around in some form for quite a while now. For example, in 1962 Stanford University implemented a type of online education that allowed students and teachers to communicate with each other with instructions and notes online. Data packets were sent between parties to complete assignments and monitor progress.
By 2009 more than 4.5 million students take online classes, with a Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) being the top degree offered in the United States. While today an estimated 1 out of 4 college students are enrolled in at least one online classes. Currently, 83% of all U.S. institutions that offer online courses say they expect an increase in online enrollment in the coming decade.
Eduventures, the marketing research firm, predicts that hundreds of nonprofits will seek to move online more aggressively, as a way to compete with for-profit schools.
This infographic examines the history of online learning, takes a glimpse at the future and discusses the pros and cons. Enjoy.