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Why do students pursue online education?

As we all know, the Internet is increasingly becoming more integrated in our daily lives. No longer is it just a source of entertainment and resource – it is also a huge part of academia. Learning House and Aslanian Market Research recently teamed up to form the report “Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” which takes a look at students who use the Internet and education technology to earn their degrees.

According to the study, students who enroll in online classes understand how the Internet and technology can help their future. While business is the most popular major for undergraduates taking online classes, a significant number also study health professions, computers and IT, social sciences, arts, humanities, and education. Most of these students are focused on long-term goals, citing job-related opportunities as their main motivation for pursuing an online degree. While most of online students are currently unemployed, about 40% report improvement in their employment status within one year of graduation.

Furthermore, students enroll in online classes due to its convenience and lack of limitations. A slight majority of online undergraduate students are enrolled in a campus or center within 100 miles of where they live, meaning that students can take classes at these faraway institutions without having to travel or relocate. However, price of tuition is less of a factor when students decide to take online classes – in fact, two-thirds of online students say that balanced a program’s quality and value with the price rather than just chose the program with the lowest tuition.While there are several factors that determine whether a student takes online classes or not (i.e. some just have a clear preference for online study while others prefer programs that will easily allow them to transfer credit earned elsewhere), the majority choose to do so based on their future plans and out of convenience.

Click here to read Learning House and Aslanian Market Research’s full report, “Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences.” What do you think about online classes? Let us know!

The Learning House, Inc. helps colleges and universities create, manage and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses. Partnering with more than 100 schools, Learning House enables institutions to efficiently and affordably achieve their online education goals. Services include product development and market research, marketing and lead generation, admissions and enrollment management, student retention, curriculum development and management, faculty training and professional development, learning management systems and 24/7 technical support.  As a thought leader in the industry, Learning House publishes an annual report on online college student preferences and demographics and presents an annual online higher education conference.

Having completed nearly 300 market studies for every type and level of post-secondary institution, Aslanian Market Research staff have an unparalleled depth of experience in higher education. For over 25 years, Carol Aslanian and her team have exclusively focused on understanding the emerging and ongoing demands, preferences, and attitudes of adult and other post-traditional students — who collectively comprise more than half of all enrolled students.

Around the Web Wednesday

It’s Wednesday…
Do you know what that means? It is Around the Web Wednesday!

Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!
Be sure to check back each week for our Around the Web Wednesday Series
Have you registered for Speak Up 2013? Surveys launch next week on October 2nd! Make sure to register so your voice can be heard!
Enjoy your day.
-The Project Tomorrow team
1. Unveiling the Blue Ribbon Schools – US Department of Education

2. Online EducationSilicon Valley Business Journal

Around the Web Wednesday

Happy Wednesday to all our readers and supporters!

Today is Around the Web Wednesday here on the Project Tomorrow Blog. Below, you will find links to news articles and more highlighting relevant education topics and discussions.
Let us know which article intrigued you the most!
P.S. Don’t forget to register for Speak Up 2013. Information below.
Registration for Speak Up 2013
Thank you for your interest in Speak Up! Please send us an email at speakup@tomorrow.org with your registration request.
  1. Please include the name of your district or school
  2. Your State
  3. Name and email address of the main contact
    Main Contact’s Role: The main contact will be in charge of the promotion and encouragement of the survey, will receive emails with the up to date participation numbers by school and district, will be able to monitor your district/school’s survey counts at any time and will have access to your district and individual schools’ results come February 2014.
  4. A student survey password
  5. An organizational login password (to view weekly survey counts and other important updates during the survey period)
** To ensure confidentiality, every participating district is provided with two passwords: one organizational login password and one student survey password. The organizational login password is used for registering/updating contact information and to view your results come Feb. 2014. The student survey “secret word” password is what student participants will use when going to take the survey.
We will then send you a follow up email with a PDF of your school list and passwords to confirm that your district/school has been registered.

Speak Up 2013 Surveys will open October 2nd, 2013, and will run through December 20th, 2013!

Around the Web Wednesday
1. A large public university looks to expand its online education programs: Read it here
2. K-12 Blended and online learning programs: Read it here
3.  Blackboard Inc. chosen to implement state-wide online learning in Arkansas: Read it here
4. Mentoring programs for new teachers: Read it here
5. STEM education holds the key to success: Read it here
6. Teacher Ambassador Fellowships- Which teachers were chosen? Read it here
7. Google’s RISE awards: Read it here
8. Flipped classrooms: Read it here
9. Schools focusing on STEM education: Read it here
10. Race to the Top Grants: Read it here
– The Project Tomorrow Team

2013 Trends in Online Learning: Virtual, Blended, & Flipped Classrooms

Who was able to participate in the “2013 Trends in Online Learning: Virtual, Blended, & Flipped Classrooms” webinar?
What new insights into online education did you take away? Please share your thoughts with us!
“The digital conversion means different things to different education leaders in K-12. But this year’s Speak Up Survey data reveals an exciting new trend – they seem to agree that online learning options are providing more ways to engage students. Join us for this panel-style webinar to learn about the latest trends in K-12 online learning. Hear from K-12 teachers and administrators about how they are utilizing technology to connect with parents and provide students flexibility and access to more learning tools.”

If you were unable to participate in the webinar, we have the link to the recorded presentation below:
A special thank you to Mark Evans, Program Coordinator, K-12 Technology Applications at Klein Independent School District in Texas, & Ena Wood, Instructional Technology Coordinator at Arlington Public Schools in Virginia for their participation & expert opinions.
We also want to thank Blackboard Inc, and Lindsay Evans, Manager, K-12 at Blackboard Inc. for their support, sponsorship, and moderation of the webinar.
-The Project Tomorrow Team


Virtual K-12 Education

Is Virtual K-12 Schooling the Way of the Future? 
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We have all heard by now of the possibilities of online higher education degrees, but what about online education for K-12 students?
One school in particular, Hoosier Academies, the largest virtual public school in Indiana, is doing just that.
Students at Hoosier Academies attend classes online, and can learn from just about anywhere. The days where elementary education is confined to a four-wall classroom are no longer the end-all, be-all route to K-12 education in the US.
What benefits does online K-12 education bring? The answers are as diverse as the educational needs of each student, but for many students who may need lessons repeated for proper understanding & comprehension, online classrooms can offer a beneficial alternative to traditional schooling. Additionally, online classes can be a suitable fit for students who become easily distracted by the noises/sounds of a packed classroom, & can also meet the needs of students with learning disabilities more effectively than can traditional classrooms.
To learn more about Hoosier Academies, visit their website, or read an article highlighting this school in the South Bend Tribune here.
What are your thoughts on online K-12 education?
Feel free to share your comments with us below.

-The Project Tomorrow Team