Profile of Online College Students

OnlineColleges recently created an infographic on the Profile of an Online College Student which is quite interesting.  Some interesting highlights are:

  • 6,142,280 college students take at least one course online
  • More than twice as many women as men enroll in online learning
  • Over 90% of online students say their career is their primary motivation for returning to school
  • Health Care is the Top Industry that the online students seek to enter
  • 68% choose to learn online to better juggle family and work responsibilities with school
  • 37% of online college students report that the lack of face-to-face contact with instructors, students is a problem
  • 31% of online college students pay with some form of financial aid, such as student loans.

Have you ever taken an online class, or would you take one? Do you fit the online college student profile? What are your thoughts?

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Courtesy of: Online Colleges

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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2 Responses to Profile of Online College Students

  1. 張智凱 says:

    在線課程教育,目前在台灣似乎還未能向美國一般普及。最主要是學校內部,能否接受及承認學生跨系甚至跨校去選修相關課程。
    國外在線課程教育提供更多的選擇和靈活性,於虛擬學習計劃上擁有廣泛的專業培訓選擇專業成長課程。另外追求職業發展工作的成年人,可以獲得額外的技能或新職業網上先進程度,最大的好處可以減少他們的時間遠離辦公室。從職業資格證書到博士學位 ,網上學院幾乎提供了每個學生和學術的需求度。
    在台灣,目前有社團法人台灣開放式課程聯盟有這個管道,稍許可以達到自學的機會與效果。

  2. Peter Gen says:

    越來越多學校開設網路課程了,網路課程脫離了時間、空間的限制,不在侷限在教室裡,只要有網路,便能學習。但是在台灣,線上課程還未被大多數的學校所接受,不外乎怕學生偷懶、作弊等,所以大多用在一些無關緊要的課程,例如公務人員的研習,但是那是建立在既有的考試測驗中,當你的課程需要產出型的成果,我相信,偷懶、作弊等行為便不再也用,為了獲得學習成果及產出結果,學生也會努力的。

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