Online education may become more important at prestigious universities

Online education may become more important at prestigious universities
Online education may become more important at prestigious universities

As more students turn to online education to earn their degrees, internet-based courses are changing the way that many prestigious institutions of higher learning design their programs, according to U.S. News and World Report.

To date, schools on the cutting edge of online learning lave largely been for-profit institutions, but experts say that this is likely to change in the coming years as more traditional schools catch up.

More importantly, as these more standardized colleges and universities begin to provide courses over the internet, some prestigious institutions are taking note.

"We're at the beginning of elite schools starting to take online seriously," Richard Garrett, the managing director at research firm Eduventures, told the news source. "They're trying to marry the online experience with the brand of the institution."

A major obstacle to the standardization of online education is the need to have an accredited training process that would ensure quality in teaching over the internet. Elaine Allen, the statistical director of the Sloan Survey on Online Education, suggested that this could be achieved through a regulatory body or an association of online schools.

According to research conducted by Eduventures, enrollment in online programs rose by 832 percent between 2001 and 2009.

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