Distance Education- a Necessity, not an Accessory

39243336_sWCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (founded by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education- WICHE), recently published a report that studied Distance Education Enrollment from the Fall 2014 semester.  The purpose behind their study was to analyze the overall trend in enrollment in Distance Learning programs and to summarize their findings in a concise and readable manner.

They found the following:

  • Not only has enrollment in Distance Education programs increased, but the overall matriculation into higher education programs has declined. This makes the increase in online learners that much more significant
  • More than 1-in-4 students (28%) are taking at least one course online or through a distance education program
  • The majority of distance education enrollments (85%) were in public institutions, with 48% of students who are exclusively distance learners enrolling in these institutions.

See the full report here.



WCET Distance Education Enrollment Report 2016, by Russ Poulin & Terri Taylor Straut

Distance Education is Here to Stay, by Colin Wood



9 comments for “Distance Education- a Necessity, not an Accessory

  1. August 5, 2016 at 4:46 am

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  2. August 18, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I think distance education is a breakthrough, because it continues even without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom. To give an illustration, people can study when they are ill, or travel.

  3. January 30, 2017 at 11:53 am

    The world has been changing in a fast pace with the internet and new technologies, but the educational system is basically the same. It makes no sense. Today, people have access to more information and they can develop a lot of skills learning online.

  4. September 9, 2017 at 1:25 am

    every day that passes the trend of distance learning only increases

  5. October 11, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    As I always say, no one else wants to spend several hours locked in a classroom.

    Times have changed and nowadays it is much simpler to have online studies where you can dictate your own pace!

  6. October 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    It’s true, distance education has gained space and every day increases the number of people who are looking for alternative study online, especially for convenience and ease in a world that time is worth money.

  7. November 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Every day that passes, the trend of distance learning only increases, to think that I am against this teaching is increasingly getting bad

  8. November 2, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    The technology is very good, but this is ending the learning process.

  9. November 17, 2017 at 10:06 am

    people think that technology is helping more in my opinion is hindering

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