The Growing Popularity of Distance Learning

The Growing Popularity of Distance Learning

Get up, go to class, come home, do homework, repeat.  That’s a typical day for the typical student. But technology is changing the traditional classroom learning environment. Today, practically all you need to get an education is a computer and an internet connection.

Online learning isn’t an all-or-nothing type of arrangement. And that might be what pleases students most. Depending on the institution, students can opt to take all of their classes online. Or they can mix distance learning with learning in a traditional classroom setting. Either way, students will still interact with their instructors as well as other students. Only with online learning, technology is used to facilitate that interaction.

How do distance learning students learn?

Distance learning programs vary among institutions. But in general, students can learn via their televisions and radios, via instructional CDs, and via correspondent courses. They may even be able to complete all of their degree requirements online and never step foot inside a traditional classroom.

Distance learning facts

Distance learning is a practical solution for time-pressed students and anyone looking to add more flexibility into their school schedules. Here’s a snapshot of distance learning today:

  • About three million students in the U.S. are currently involved in some form of online learning.
  • Most distance learning takes place in the U.S. with more than 25,000 courses currently being offered.
  • The U.S. offers 76% of the world’s distance learning courses.
  • Across the globe, the majority of classes and programs conducted online are related to business management and computers.
  • Most of the distance learning courses and programs being offered are geared towards undergraduate degrees.
  • Per capita, Canada offers more online programs than any other country.