Online education is becoming increasingly more cost-effective for universities and students alike. The demand for online degree programs continues to soar, according to a report from Pearson Learning Solutions. Meanwhile, instructors and administrators are researching new ways to help students benefit from advancements in technology.

For instance, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System recently introduced an online program to train working adults who need additional education in order to advance, but cannot enroll in regular campus sessions. To help achieve the Louisiana statewide goal of graduating 10,000 students by 2015, the university developed online courses to take advantage of the conveniences offered by laptops, electronic books (ebooks), and even mobile devices.

“The ability to access high-quality, academically rigorous anywhere/anytime programs is today’s new academic gold standard,” says Dr John G. Flores, CEO of the U.S. Distance Learning Association.

Furthermore, Bunker Hill Community College has increased the number of sessions and times classes are offered, with some departments conducting courses at midnight. As a result, the college has experienced a 25 percent growth in enrollment.

Online schools are no longer considered an alternative to conventional programs, says Flores.

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