In 2008 online education grew by 17 percent with more than a quarter of all students taking at least one class online. The rise of online education is at the center of an ongoing debate in higher ed about the future of traditional colleges with more students “plugging in” than ever before. Dan Lips over at NRO weighs in on the conversation and considers the consequences online classes have on tuition rates.
But, a combination of trends may lead to the “popping” of what some observers have called the higher-education “bubble.” The first is the growing popularity of online learning. The second is the increasing availability of free higher-education content online. The third is the emerging market of credit-by-examination options that allow students to work toward a college degree through independent study.
Since the majority of our readers are students, or parents of students, I want to hear what you think. Is online education the “saving grace” to hikes in tuition costs? Or, does online learning leave out important parts of education like student interaction and accountability?