What Does the Research Say About Online Learning?

Online Learning at CCUAccording to various sources, online learners are doing extremely well in their college degree programs and are succeeding in the workforce. In the past, online degrees did not garner the respect they do now, and in recent years, studies indicate that online learning is an effective and reputable means to earn a college degree. At Colorado Christian University, students who pursue online degrees are afforded the same educational experience as in-seat students. Online students interact with their classmates, speak with their instructors, receive and submit assignments and even participate in classroom discussions all via the Internet.

Students are doing so well in their online degrees that, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Education, students who took classes online performed better (on average) than students sitting in class. According to the same report, students who took some classes online and some in-seat did extremely well, also. Employers are even looking at graduates of online degrees as equal to their in-seat counterparts, and if you are in competition with graduates who took all classes on campus, you can certainly hold your on and be confident that you will have the same opportunities as “non-online” graduates.

Rapid Growth of Online Education

Braintrack.com provides some great information about online learning and graduates of online degree programs and cites the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for its statistics like this: By 2014, it is predicted that the number of students taking all of their coursework online will be a staggering 3.55 million, and the number of students taking all of their courses on campus will decrease to 5.14 million. According to University of North Carolina Professor Leonard Annetta, “Generation G, the net generation, the millennials, however one might classify them, learn in fundamentally different ways than have students of the past. They have matured in a connected world where information is at their fingertips and entertainment and learning are beginning to become somewhat symbiotic. The growing use of Web 2.0 and social networking is changing how we must deliver instruction.” If you’re interested in learning more about this generation of learners that you may be a part of, Professor Annetta wrote a book entitled, V-Learning: Distance Education in the 21st Century Through 3D Virtual Learning Environments. The burgeoning population of online learners and graduates is, of course, attributed to this generation’s reliance on technology.

Are you a part of Generation G? Regardless of your age, you can be a Millenial. All you have to do is look into online degree programs at CCU, contact an enrollment counselor or a representative from the CCU College of Adult and Graduate Studies Admissions Office and find out how to go about applying for admittance into CCU.