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Online courses: What college students should know

Sitting in classrooms for four years is no longer the only way to get a college education. Use of online courses has exploded in recent years. According to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group, Pearson Education and the Sloan Consortium, about one in three college students takes at least one online course, up from one in ten in 2002, and online enrollments grew 9 percent from 2010 to 2011.

With online courses, you can attend class anywhere. (Credit: GreatDegree.com)

With online courses, you can attend class anywhere. (Credit: GreatDegree.com)

The explosion of online courses

Higher education has entered the digital age with a bang. The University of Phoenix may be the best known school to offer off-site and online degrees, but other schools are quickly joining it. Read more

Are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) the future of higher education?

The winds of change are blowing—this time in the hallowed halls of higher education. As it has done with so much of our daily lives, the Internet is making inroads into academia with the growing use of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. While the debate is still ongoing as to whether this developing form of teaching will change the future of higher education in the long run, the surge in MOOCs is creating the potential to offer much broader channels of learning for anyone with an Internet connection. Read more