Sixty-three percent of students who responded to that poll said they believed tablets would replace textbooks by 2017 – making the “Future of Education” findings all the more curious.

Another striking finding showed that nearly eight in 10 student respondents said it’s easier to learn in a traditional classroom than it is to learn in an online setting.

Forty-three percent said “online education will provide them with courses of the same or higher quality than traditional colleges,” according to the report.

“Millennials understand that the future of education is online and since they were brought up with the internet, they are prepared for that change,” said Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding. “Education should not be a one size fits all model because everyone learns differently, regardless of age, occupation and location. More online courses should be offered to cater to those who learn better in a virtual classroom.”

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