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Online Learning in the 21st Century

Online learning is one of the strongest trends in 21st century higher education. Today a student can, without ever visiting campus, earn a degree from an accredited online college. Not surprisingly, online learning is popular with a diverse group of students, including working parents, service members on military deployment and residents of rural communities. It thus fulfills the vision of 19th century reformers.

From correspondence courses and magic lanterns to the Internet:
A history of online learning

Correspondence courses were developed in the 19th century as a way to improve the social and economic prospects of working women and agricultural communities. In the earliest phases of the correspondence course movement, students and instructors communicated exclusively through the postal service. By the end of the century, mainstream colleges and universities recognized some correspondence classes. Throughout the 20th century, technology offered a series of enhancements to the correspondence model. Extension courses supplemented course guides with lantern slides, motion pictures and lectures delivered over the radio. By the second half of the 20th century, educational television was a growing medium of instruction.

Today, the primary vehicle of online learning is the Internet. Instructors deliver lectures via text and video, students communicate with instructors and fellow classmates on blogs and with instant messaging, and online study and testing tools provide instant feedback.

 This broad accessibility fulfills the promise of the 19th century's first correspondence courses, paths to social and economic advancement for working adults.

Online learning at Globe University

When establishing online learning programs in 2000, Globe University/Minnesota School of Business evaluated the ways in which technology could enhance the student experience while delivering the same strong curriculum the college has been known for since the 19th century. Today our online students receive speedy or instant feedback. They interact with fellow students, instructors and support staff in a lively virtual learning community. Online student services include individual financial aid planning, career planning, free tutoring and job-search assistance.

Degree programs and single online courses cover the same content as classroom sections. Transcripts and diplomas do not distinguish between online and traditional classes. Student satisfaction is high:

"Proximity to my work was a key factor in choosing a school—it needed to be close and convenient. That’s one of the reasons I decided to get my degree from Globe University/Minnesota School of Business. I eventually transitioned to online classes 100 percent of the time. This offered me a big advantage—I could work on my coursework whenever or wherever I had time."Andy Schumacher | B.S. Accounting

Helping students achieve their goals 

At Globe University/Minnesota School of Business we have provided students with career-focused training for over 130 years. Today, many of our degree programs can be taken entirely online, others make use of hybrid courses, and others require traditional classroom and lab attendance. Each program is carefully designed to provide maximum flexibility without compromising the depth of content. If you would like more information about online learning, please contact our online division. A representative will answer your questions and help you with any administrative processes.