It might seem like online schooling is new thing, right up there with other new kids on the block like social media and mobile devices. But the truth is, online schooling has been around for at least 50 years-or at least the idea of online schooling has been.

To give you a glimpse into how the idea of online schooling has developed over time-from an experiment by two Stanford professors to an invaluable educational option for over 7 million American college students, not to mention elementary and high school homeschoolers and corporate trainees-we’ve created this infographic of the history of online schooling. Enjoy!

1960s: Stanford University psychology professors Patrick Suppes and Richard C. Atkinson experiment with using computers to teach math and reading to young children in elementary schools.

Mid-1980’s: Colleges start using online access to course information and student networking tools. Online-only courses start being used by larger corporations to trim training costs.

1989: University of Phoenix launches its first online correspondence school.

1993: Jones International University becomes the first accredited online university.

1994: The first online high school is founded.

1996: Strayer Online is created to offer Strayer’s courses and degree programs via the Internet for the first time.

2002: Total number of college and university students taking at least one online courses hits 1.6 million.

2003: Total number of college students in online courses hits 2 million.

2004: Number of total online college students hits 2.3 million.

2005: Total number of online college students climbs to 3.2 million.

2006: Total number of online college students continues to 3.5 million.

2007: 3.9 million college or university students enrolled in at least one online course.

2008: The total number of college students taking at least one online course increases to 4.6 million.

2009: Number of online college students jumps to 5.6 million.

2010: 6.1 million college students are enrolled in at least one online course.

2011: Number of total online college students hits 6.7 million.

2012: Harvard and MIT offer free online courses through edX. Other top non-profit universities follow suit.


Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-learning http://www.saycampuslife.com/2010/06/18/history-of-online-education/ http://www.fit.edu/about/history.php http://www.strayer.edu/about-strayer/career-opportunities/campus-career-opportunities/who-we-are http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-11-09-online-learning_x.htm http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/survey/staying_course http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/survey/survey04.asp http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/education/harvard-and-mit-team-up-to-offer-free-online-courses.html?_r=0

 

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