New Trends in Online Education
January 6, 2011
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According to the National Center for Education Statistics*, between 2006 and 2007 there were approximately 11,200 college-level programs that were designed to be completed totally through distance education. Do you know what that means? There are a number of online degree programs that could be waiting for you!
When you think of online learning, what comes to mind? Solitary confinement and hours of boring classes? True online learning requires you to learn alone, but today's technological advances have made it anything but boring.
Here are a few new trends in online learning:
Mobile Learning - Schools are now using mobile learning as a way to deliver course materials. Mobile learning allows students to download course materials, access school email, check grades and view class assignments with a mobile phone or PDA. Just imagine running your errands and checking your grades without missing a beat!
Podcasts - These days, just about everyone has an iPod. By the end of April of 2008, Apple had shipped 10,644,000 iPods**. An iPod lets you rock out to your favorite tunes whenever you want. But an iPod can also be used as a learning tool. Many traditional and online schools are now making lectures available through podcasting. You can download your course lectures and listen to them anytime, anywhere. This makes learning portable and a little more interesting.
Virtual Reality - Many schools are now venturing into the 3-D virtual world of Second Life. Second Life allows students and teachers to interact through avatars, or computer generated alter egos, on their own virtual island. Students can take part in realistic demonstrations and view exciting presentations. Second Life also gives students the chance to interact with people from around the world.
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