Today’s educators are asked to balance traditional approaches to education with emerging technology, all in the name of satisfying student demands. In response, many institutions have turned to digital learning to give both students and teachers an alternative to the traditional, on-campus classroom.
Whether you’re fired up about the possibilities digital learning presents or you’re not yet convinced of its purpose, the following quotes, stats, and expert opinions can help you better understand the changing landscape of higher education.
18 Inspiring Quotes & Stats About Digital Education
#1 — “If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.” — R. Buckminster Fuller, Author & Inventor
Buckminster Fuller put a 19th-Century spin on the old adage, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” What was true then remains true today: Teachers can’t rely on outdated teaching practices to get course content to “stick” in students’ minds. Rather, modern teachers should heed Fuller’s advice. Provide your students with practical tools to help them explore new ways of thinking and retain information.
#2 — Nearly 1/3rd of higher ed students are enrolled in at least some online courses. [Source]
Despite overall post-secondary enrollments dropping in recent years, online enrollment growth has remained steady. Today, nearly one-third of all students are enrolled in some type of online course. Online enrollment is highest at private, nonprofit, accredited colleges and universities.
#3 — “The students of the future will demand the learning support that is appropriate for their context … and they want it at the moment the need arises. Not sooner, not later. Mobile devices will be a key technology to providing that learning support.” — Dr. Marcus Specht, Director, LDE Centre for Education & Learning, Netherlands
The average student enrolled in online, post-secondary education courses is 32 years old, followed closely by students age 24. These learners grew up with technology, and expect it to continue evolving along with their wants and needs. Meeting students where they’re at requires maintaining an innovative and up-to-date library of online course curriculum.
#4 — 79% of students surveyed said online education was better than or equal to on-campus instruction. [Source]
This 2018 study looked at student, employer, and public perceptions of online education. Across the board, each population views online education as better than or equal to traditional learning environments. 32% of students surveyed say digital learning is better than learning on campus, a trend that isn’t likely to reverse anytime soon.
#5 — “Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” — Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Owner, Curriculum Designers, Inc.
The future of education hinges on educators’ willingness to trade tradition for tech. Teachers must be able to proactively integrate modern technology into the classroom, whether online or in-person, to meet students’ changing needs and preferences.
#6 — Over 95% of educators surveyed believe digital learning has a positive impact on both student achievement and instructor effectiveness. [Source]
It’s no surprise that the overwhelming majority of educators see the benefits of digital learning. Students can benefit from new methods of instruction, learning at their own pace, and multimedia course materials, while teachers can manage more courses and differentiate instruction more efficiently.
#7 — "We complain that learners want to be spoon-fed, but then we won't let them hold the spoon." — Jane Bozarth, Director of Research, The e-Learning Guild
Digital learning gives students the opportunity to have more of a hand in their learning experience. By offering personalized and interactive course content, students can approach the course at their own pace, or go back and review content that’s still a bit fuzzy. Give your students the “spoon” — A.K.A., a customized online curriculum, and personalized support.
#8 — 1 in 6 students enrolled in higher education courses exclusively takes online courses to obtain their degree. [Source]
Online learning began as a way to supplement traditional classroom instruction. Today, it’s one of the most popular ways for students to pursue an education. 15% of today’s learners opt for digital classrooms, successfully earning their degree without ever stepping foot on campus.
#9 — “Equipping teachers with technology that will automate the boring work will enhance education and make it more powerful. Teachers can spend more quality time on what they are good at—i.e., teaching.” – Unni Koroth, Co-Founder & CEO, Foradian Technologies
Teachers all know how to one thing: teach. But if they’re busy updating curriculum, proctoring exams, posting grades, and opening tickets with the IT department, teaching is compromised. Working with an online course curriculum partner, not only benefits students, but it also takes some of the workload off of teachers’ shoulders, so they can continue doing what they do best.
#10 — Online learning accounts for more than 22% of annual higher education revenue. [Source]
Higher education brings in $485 Billion annually — and today, more than 22% of that revenue comes from digital learning. The cost savings of online learning vary with the type of programs implemented and resources available, but can be up to 50% savings versus a traditional course.
#11 — “What are learners supposed to do after learning the course? Figure that out and build the appropriate interactive elements.” — Tom Kuhlmann, VP, Community at Articulate
Improving student outcomes starts with understanding those outcomes. What do you want your students to learn in your course? What should they be able to do or explain once the semester ends? When creating an online course, be sure to work in engaging, interactive elements like modules, video tutorials, or digital flashcards to deepen students’ learning.
#12 — 84.2% of online-only students live in the same state as the college or university where they’re enrolled is based. [Source]
75% of online students choose a school within 100 miles of their home, and 54% choose one within 50 miles of their home. Research has found that while these students prefer obtaining their degree online, they still want access to the college or university’s on-campus resources.
#13 — “With the growing popularity in e-learning, it occurred to me that the ‘e’ should mean more than electronic. If we are going to call it e-learning, shouldn't it be effective, efficient, and engaging?” ― M. David Merrill, First Principles of Instruction
To truly offer an unrivaled online learning experience for your students, your online course curriculum should be more than just electronic—it should be effective, efficient, and engaging.
#14 — Online learning is projected to be worth $325 Billion by 2025. [Source]
Every year, digital learning accounts for a larger piece of the higher ed pie. Experts predict that by 2025, online learning will be worth $325 Billion. That’s almost as much as the higher ed industry as a whole. This rapid growth can’t be ignored; it’s time for educators to join the game.
#15 — “When it comes to eLearning, content means everything. If eLearning content is not masterfully designed, all the rest will just go down the drain.” — Christopher Pappas, Founder, eLearningIndustry
Quality course content can make or break a student’s experience in your class. When it comes to learning online, interactive content is best. Consider partnering with a curriculum vendor that can enhance your course offerings.
#16 — Enrollment in “distance” learning as outpaced total higher ed enrollment growth. [Source]
Distance learning refers to education that relies on technology to deliver instruction, rather than requiring teachers and students to meet face-to-face. As of 2018, enrollment in distance learning has outpaced total higher education enrollment—and is predicted to continue that course.
#17 — “To understand their world we must be willing to immerse ourselves in that world. We must embrace the new digital reality. If we can’t relate, if we don’t get it, we won’t be able to make schools relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generation.” – Ian Jukes, Partner, InfoSavvy21
Today’s students, and many teachers, are digital natives—that is, individuals who grew up with technology and use it in multiple capacities to make their lives a little easier. To meet these students’ ever-changing needs, modern educators need to immerse themselves in students’ world, so they can begin creating curriculum and resources that meets those needs.
#18 — 45% of online learners are working toward their bachelor’s degree. [Source]
This is the largest segment of online learners enrolled in online education today. Those pursuing a bachelor’s degree online are followed closely by learners working toward an associate’s degree (29%) or master’s degree (27%). Only 3% of enrolled online learners today are working toward obtaining a doctorate degree online. Experts predict these numbers will continue to rise.
Even 19th-Century inventor R. Buckminster Fuller understood that to teach something new — and have it stick — teaching methods must adapt alongside new lines of thinking. Today’s learners are hungry for online education, and to remain competitive, higher education institutions must advance their offering to meet student needs.
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