Enrollment in online classes is growing, studies showData from the SmarterMeasure, which identifies students’ readiness for online learning, reveals that enrollment in online courses is increasing by nearly 20 percent each year.

28 percent of online students are between the ages of 18 and 22

Furthermore, approximately 28 percent of online students are between the ages of 18 and 22, in a study that collected information from 209,025 students at 271 colleges and universities. Researchers found that 72 percent of respondents were females.

“social” is the main learning style

College officials say that both schools and their enrollees benefit when a student’s level of readiness for learning online is measured because universities want to retain students through graduation. Meanwhile, individuals who are considering online courses want to know if this style of learning is conducive to their learning habits. Furthermore, 28 percent identified “social” as their main learning style.

“The Student Readiness Report is of substantial interest to distance learning leaders as they plan to continue to scale and improve their programs,” Mac Adkins, president of SmarterServices said.

According to a 2009 report by the Sloan Consortium, 4.6 million students were taking at least one course online during the fall of 2008.

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