According to Babson Survey Research Group, nearly 33 percent of college students are taking at least one course online. As online higher education continues to evolve and gain popularity, it is crucial that online universities continue prioritizing student’s needs.
Following trends in the industry is one way online universities or universities offering online classes can learn what those needs are and where they can innovate to meet them.
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As we enter a new decade, it’s clear that digital learning is the way of the future and the trends outlined below are indicators of where online universities can grow and what students expect when they choose to continue their higher education online.
Four trends shaping the future of digital learning in higher ed
Career-readiness is the top priority.
According to an annual report recapping online education trends, career advancement is the top driver of continuing education. For the first time, in 2019 a majority of students identified themselves as career accelerators who are interested in earning a degree in a field where they already work or have practical experience.