Up until now, online education throughout Indiana has been a sort of gradual movement, but as of late, schools and higher education institutions are making forward-thinking changes in big ways. From Indiana University’s new IU Online initiative to Purdue’s new program that offers lectures and class discussion globally through the web, Indiana schools are quickly realizing that online education is a trend that’s not going away any time soon.
Higher Learning Initiatives
Online schools in Indiana have some competition now that Indiana University has decided to invest money and effort into its new IU Online initiative. This $8 million initial investment, coupled with the college’s many other online degree programs, is helping the school become a heavy-hitter in the world of online education. The primary focus of this initiative will be to create competitive degree programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level in areas such as business, science, and technology. By fall 2013, they’re expecting to have some programs available.
Offering video lectures, online homework and tests, Purdue HUB-U seeks to extend the school’s reach to a more global audience by making courses available through an interactive web portal. Although the new program is still in its initial phases, the school is hoping it will become self-sustaining in five years. Feedback has already been great, as a course for completion in nanotechnology was recently offered and 900 students from more than 25 countries enrolled. This initiative is Purdue’s effort to keep up with the ever-changing trends of technology, while also helping the school bring in some much-needed revenue, as state funding has not kept up with inflation.
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Virtual Academy
Launched in 2010, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Virtual Academy gives students the opportunity to obtain academic credit through a collection of online courses. The Virtual Academy recognizes that, thanks to technology, learning and education is not what it used to be. Students want more flexibility and convenience, and that’s just what the academy provides. So far, more than 310 credits have been earned through this portal, with nothing but continued growth expected.