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  1. Andy Wehrle March 20, 2014 at 11:39 am |

    Perhaps the definition of ‘online learning’ is at the heart of the conundrum.

    If one equates ‘online learning’ with enrollment in a formal course of instruction, then the answer to the question as posed seems to me to be that formal online learning does not appeal to the vast majority of internet users for a multitude of reasons – cost in both $ and time, ROI not favorable in the users estimation, unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the online learning experience, lack of desire to continue formal education due to poor previous experience in public schooling.

    But another way to think about ‘online learning’ is that it has exploded. If ‘online learning’ is defined more loosely as the acquisition of knowledge or skills via the internet – then perhaps the explosion of technology has been equaled or surpassed by the explosion of self gained knowledge. Go to YouTube and google anything how to. Just because that knowledge base is largely practical does not mean it has less value than more formal education or training.

    And there’s another subtle distinction in the definition of ‘online learning’ – practical skill training vs knowledge acquisition.

    So, perhaps how the phrase ‘online learning’ is defined is the key to delving deeper into the issues involved.

  2. steven fowler August 1, 2015 at 9:00 am |

    Onlearning may be linear in respect to numbers only, but it has shown exponential growth in terms of validation. In the past online courses had the stigma of being a diploma mill. Today, one can achieve a Masters and Doctorate degree from an accredited university. I am proud to have earned my Doctorate degree in nursing from an online program. The stigma is slowly eroding and being replaced with a sense of pride.

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