What's the Future of Online Learning?It seemed to take us by storm in the late 80’s and 90’s… online learning made an impact that has changed the world. How we learn, how we communicate – it has all been affected. But, what’s the future?

I see online education as a major role player in the future of education. But, things may change a bit.

  • For the elementary level I think continued use of resources to elevate understanding and retention will continue. I think there could also be a major shift toward individualizing education in order to make it more efficient for the student.
  • For the secondary level I can see a more streamlined process of colleges and universities giving more input regarding the courses that students take. This can be beneficial in order to insure a more efficient study model directly incorporating the goals of the student. Students who use online learning to study independently are meeting their personal needs directly.
  • At the college level, I can see a similar alignment where the goal more directly affects the process. Employers may one day be requiring a specific pathway of study and preparation for certain career options.
  • Online schooling resources abound. No longer are we constrained by what we know. A simple search and we can find out just what a high school transcript looks like, as well as homeschool report card templates.

In any case, it will be an interesting future with online learning making a continuing impact on American and global education.

What do you think the future holds for online learning?

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