E-Learning: Increasing Your Learning Options

Adult and Online Learners Are Growing!

There has been an explosion of adults returning to college over the past decade, attending as both full-time and part-time students, on campus, off-campus and in growing numbers through e-learning. Indeed more than 6 million adults attend college in the United States, and the average age of the college student continues to rise. You will not be the only adult in class!

Over 6.1 million students were taking at least one online course during the Fall 2010.  Nearly 1/3 of all students in higher education now take at least one course online.

The reasons for this growth are numerous. Changing demands in the workforce; the need to secure new job skills or to update existing ones; employer requirements to secure certification, licensure, or to renew them; a desire to pursue a new career path; or simply a desire to engage in learning all contribute to the growth. One other factor - the changing ways in which higher education is delivered - has opened the door to many new adult learners. E-learning has provided learning opportunities in more convenient ways, allowing those adults, like you, with busy work schedules, family commitments, and other responsibilities and activities the opportunity to learn.

No longer is a commute to a campus or off-campus center during rush hour or a long commute over country roads a hindrance. As more and more colleges and universities establish and expand online learning courses, programs, and related services for learners, the traditional barriers of time and location have been reduced dramatically. And with the growth and availability of "high tech" tools and innovative teaching approaches that allow faculty to move course content and activities "online," e-learning is getting better and better.

For many adults, e-learning provides opportunities to continue their educational pursuits while working, raising a family, or when they do not have immediate access to a campus. E-learning can be undertaken in a variety of forms, but its central feature is that the learning takes place when the instructor and students are not in a traditional "face-to-face" classroom. In the e-learning environment, traditional interaction, whether between faculty and students or students with their fellow learners, is conducted through some form of platform on the Internet, commonly called a course or learning management system. Some course or learning managements used by Louisiana colleges include Blackboard, Moodle, Moodlerooms, and Joule.

Learn more about e-learning on this site by assessing your readiness to be an online learner and reading the frequently asked questions from adult learners, like you, who are considering trying an online course or degree program.

CALL makes it even easier, with resources, services and specialized programming which help you reach your educational goals.


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