Prospects for online education are extremely favorable

The prospects for online education this year are very favorable.
The prospects for online education this year are very favorable.

Web-based enrollment numbers rose by almost 1 million students between 2009 and 2010, according to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning.

A new report, which is titled the 2011 Future of Online Education, assesses this year's prospects for web-based learning.

As a result of web-based learning initiatives, students of all ages with varying constraints on their time may have access to continued education. They can choose to study the subjects that are most important to them, whether they are traveling or in the comfort of their homes.

Moreover, the "future of online education is promising for those who want to reach a large number of people in a shorter period of time," notes John Evans, the head of LE Tech Consulting, LLC. In addition to higher education institutions, many businesses are increasingly using web-based courses to quickly and efficiently train their employees through training initiatives.

One organization that trains staff through online education is the Las Vegas metropolitan police department. Law enforcement officials update their nearly 5,000-member staff on training issues and legal updates over the internet. They also use distance courses to deliver and verify the completion of annual training modules.