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Since online education began in the 1990s and really took off in the 2000s, it has evolved from a rarely-used educational supplement to a viable option not only for adult learners and full-time professionals, but also for first-time students. More schools are now catering to students who cannot or prefer not to attend classes in the traditional, on-campus setting. Students can now earn a fully online degree in nearly every field of study. In an increasingly technological world, it is important for students to learn the skills necessary for not only succeeding in school, but for thriving in the digital workforce. Our company strives to be your main resource in online education, whether you’re an experienced online learner, a current student, or are considering attending college online. We provide:

  • Overviews of schools that offer online programs, state by state.
  • Guides on what it’s like to be an online student, from researching schools, to the application process, to life after graduation. You’ll get information on applying to the best schools, registering for classes, completing assignments, working with students across the country, communicating with your professors, balancing school, professional, and personal life, and where you can go after graduation.
  • A regularly updated blog filled with features, news stories, trivia, fun facts, and more, about college traditions, trends in education, tips about thriving in school, and more.
  • Reports and research on ed reform and policy that also feature survival and success tips for students, written by our resident PhD, on Inside Online Learning.

Be sure to like us on Facebook, add us to your Google+ Circles, and follow us on Twitter to be the first to know about college news and to join the conversation on college life, study tips, career advice, and more.

Note about our data: All of the school information used in our database — including graduation rate, tuition, and financial aid rate — was gathered using the most recent information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a resource maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. The newest information available is for the 2011-2012 school year, with some individual data points from the 2012-2013 school year. All of the data for IPEDS is reported by individual institutions during survey years.

About the Author: Melissa A. Venable, PhD

Melissa A. Venable, PhD

An Education Writer for OnlineColleges.net’s Inside Online Learning blog and host of the weekly #IOLchat, Melissa’s professional background in higher education includes work at private, public, and for-profit institutions.

Melissa is an experienced instructional designer, curriculum developer, online instructor, academic advisor, and career counselor who has experience with undergraduate and graduate students. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction – Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida, where she also completed faculty certification in online teaching. Melissa currently teaches instructional design and project management online courses at the University of South Florida and Saint Leo University.

She Chairs the Technology Committee of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), and was recently selected to participate in NCDA’s Leadership Academy as part of the class of 2014-2015. Melissa has also served on the Editorial Board of eLearn Magazine since 2012 where she is now the Chairperson for Higher Education.

Melissa has been mentioned in Inside Higher Ed and NPR’s All Tech Considered for her interest and expertise in using social media in education, and her work has been published on notable blogs like Brazen Careerist and Faculty Focus, as well as in various publications and academic journals, such as:

Melissa has also spoken at numerous conferences focused on educational technology, online teaching and learning, and career development. You can see her next as a presenter at the National Career Development Association’s Annual Conference in Long Beach, California, June 2014.

Follow her on Twitter and for more updates and information. Email her at: melissa @ onlinecolleges.net