In 2010, 6.3 million students took at least one online course at degree-granting post-secondary institutions.
By 2014, 81% of post-secondary students will take some or all of their classes online.
THOUGHT: I tell my nieces and nephews that there is absolutely no excuse for not knowing something any more, given that they carry the world’s information in their pockets.
Wanna know something? Wherever you are, just Google it.
You can download lectures from some of the world’s best professors at some of the best institutions of higher education from iTunes. For free. You can find subject matter experts in practically any field blogging and/or tweeting away. You can get books downloaded to your eReader or tablet or phone. You can stream documentaries instantly from Netflix and find videos from experts employed by universities across the country on YouTube.
And you can do it all at your convenience.
I don’t pretend to know the best solution for transforming our educational system from the industrial age relic it is into the flexible, accessible, on-demand service we need it to become, but I do know it must be transformed if America is to compete, let alone, lead the world.
The infrastructure is essentially in place.
KEYWORD WEDNESDAY: The volume of searches for “online school” have steadily increased since 2004. There are 1.8 million searches for “online school” a month, according to Google.
Thank you for curiosity.
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