The evolution of online schooling

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Topics: E-Learning, Education

A lovely infographic brought to you by the team at College Degree Search. Certainly makes you think of the role that educators will take in the future.

What humble beginnings begot the massive explosion of online schooling? Let’s take a look.

1930’s – Radio education was tried, but unsuccessful

1940’s – Military successfully uses TV education during WWII

1950 – Henry Ford begins long-term support of distance learning, starting with televised educational

1960 – University of Illinois developed PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations)
and uses linked computer terminals for remote lectures

1969 – Internet founded, opening the door to more online learning

1971 – Ivan Illich writes Deschooling Society, describing a computer-based education network

1982 – University of Wisconsin begins offering “distance education” classes | CALC (Computer Assisted
Learning Center) founded in New Hampshire, opens door to adult learning online

1984 – CSILE (Computer-Supported Intentional Learning Environments) developed, allowing for
collaborative learning online

1989 – University of Phoenix becomes first online correspondence school

1992 – CAPA (Computer Assisted Personalized Approach) introduced, ushering in international
online learning

1993 – Jones International University becomes first fully accredited online college

1994 – MOOC (Massive open online courses) hit the scene with Open University’s Virtual Summer School

1995 –University of Illinois develops Mallard, a web-based course management system allowing
flexibility for graduate students to serve as online professors

1996 – Duke starts Global Executive MBA program, combining online learning with on-campus classes in
Europe, Asia, and Latin America

1997 – California Virtual University opens offering 1,500 online courses | Blackboard founded, allowing for a more personalized online learning experience

1999 – U.S. Department of Education establishes the Distance Learning Education Demonstration
Program, allows financial aid distributions for distance learners

2000 –First online law school opens: Concord University School of Law

2001 – Moodle introduced: this open-source software enabled educators to create better online
learning websites

2003 – Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities’ GlobalNet accommodates 1 million online

2004 – Sakai initiated a Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE), initiating a collaborative online learning environment

2010 – Online education revolution begins | Top colleges offer some free online courses

2011 – Nearly 1/3 of all college students enrolled in at least one online class

2012 – Harvard Open Courses are opened to the public, offering online classes to mimic real Harvard classrooms

Today – Over 6 million students enrolled in online classes | Twice as many students earn online degrees
as traditional degrees


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  1. Margo McCann says:

    Thanks for the interesting article. I just shared it with my daughters who both attended middle school online because our family was moving around a lot.

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