Online learning has grown exponentially throughout the years, and since 1996, Drexel University Online has been a proud leader in the industry. In an effort to create greater awareness of distance learning and to recognize exceptional leaders and best practices in the field, Drexel University Online founded National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) in 2007, collaborating with the United States Distance Learning Association.
During NDLW, students, faculty and champions of online education celebrate its tremendous growth and accomplishments, while working towards the possibilities of the future.
"Forward-thinking colleges and universities, like Drexel, are focused on becoming accessible cyber-portals of continuous education, making it easier for students to create individualized learning environments—at different times, in different places, and for different reasons."
- Dr. Susan Aldridge, President, Drexel University Online
According to an annual report conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group:
More than 5.8 million students were enrolled in at least one online course during the fall of 2014. This number is up almost four percent from the previous fall.
Of the students taking online courses, more than 2.85 million took all of their courses online.
Ninety percent of students think online learning is the same or better than the traditional classroom experience.
Ninety-six percent said that adaptive technology has the potential to improve student learning outcomes.
Academic leaders are recognizing the importance of distance learning—Seventy-seven percent of institutions that offer online learning say it’s crucial to their long-term strategy.