According to CNN recent news of a study released by the Sloan Consortium, there has been a surge in the number of students taking clases via on-line resources.
This represents that the 3.2 million students enrolled in higher education, an increase of 40% over the same period of last year have opted to attend at least one course via on-line while attending other classes at premisses.
At the same time 62% of School administrators are indicating that they feel more confident now about on-line education and they feel that students are learning as well or better on-line than at face-to-face classes.
No surprise that now, the members of the “Playstation generation” comprised of students with ages between 14 and 26 years old are more used to all kinds of techno tools like instant messaging, text and e-mail communications, podcasting, vcasting, blogging and even videoconferncing and they know that when these techno tools are applied in context of improving their education they prefer them to the traditional classroom environment.
We may see some advances in the technologies used in delivering high quality graduate education as implemented in the Global MBA program at IE, where the students from remote locations as far away as Hawaii, Dubai or Hong Kong attend weekly sessions with the support of an advanced videoconferencing, class forums and group discussion platforms.
More and more programs will use this systems as we move along, that allow delivery of high quality continuous or graduate level education without the high expense of travel and stay, or time commitment required to attend the face-to-face education under the traditional models.
This platforms are reaching a level of industrail strenght, and there will be an important effort by faculty to take maximum advantadge of this new options.