Online education makes higher learning accessible to a wider range of students
Many individuals who are considering a return to school may worry that they have been out of a classroom for too long, and that they will have trouble readjusting to the rigors of an academic workload. However, the growing prevalence of online learning can enable degree seekers of all ages and levels of experience to succeed in their educational endeavors.
In fact, many members of the education sector - even those who have long clung to the idea that web-based classes are inferior to campus-based offerings - are beginning to see online instruction as a valued part of the teaching process.
Inside Higher Ed reports that some colleges are using online courses to increase their revenue, as these offerings can enable these institutions to cater to students who live far from their campuses. Others are utilizing these classes to ensure that they can continue to serve their students, despite cuts to funding.
Whatever their reasoning, schools that offer internet-based learning options are primarily benefiting one group: their students. Many degree seekers have taken advantage of these opportunities, as the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning found that more than 5.6 million individuals enrolled in at least one web-based course in the fall of 2009.
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