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.
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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 2013-2014 school year. All of the data for IPEDS is reported by individual institutions during survey years.
About the Author: 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 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:
- eLearn Magazine
- Career Convergence Magazine
- Tech Trends
- Educational Technology and Change Journal
- The Career Development Quarterly
- Journal of Computing and Higher Education
- MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching
- Journal of Interactive Online Learning
- Journal of Interactive Instruction Development
Melissa has also spoken at numerous conferences focused on educational technology, online teaching and learning, and career development.
- Online Learning Consortium International Conference (formerly The Sloan Consortium) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- National Career Development Association 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- TCC Worldwide Online Conference 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Virtual Conference 2014
- edSocialMedia Summit 2013
- Social Learning Summit 2012
- WordsAwake! Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing 2012
- WordCamp Miami 2012
- E-LEARN Worldwide Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education 2010
- ED-MEDIA World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications 2009
- Annual Conference of the Hawaii Educational Research Association 2009
- Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning 2008
- Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning 2006
- Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2005
- Eastern Educational Research Association 2006
- Society for Applied Learning Technologies 2005, 2006
- American Educational Research Association 2005
- Florida Educational Technology Conference 2005
- Tech Forum, National Association of Colleges and Employers 2002