Nonprofitcollegesonline.com created this interesting infographic that will help you learn a little bit more of the path that non profit online schools and even the for profit schools are taking. Although such schools evolved on the last decades it is very neat to be able to learn a little bit more regarding what has already happened.
Small schools were the first ones to offer the distance courses. Later on, only after some years, back in 2008 actually, the first MOOC was created, which means the first Massive Open Online Courses were open for the public. Ever since such year studying online was never the same. Today people are able to get free courses that even provide certificates. You can learn a little bit of everything and anything from whenever you are in the globe. There are more than 150.000 online courses available for today and in 2003 there were 66 million students from across 55 different countries. It is an incredible network where you can learn more and meet new people from all over the world. It is possible to find high quality courses that are 100% free, regardless of where you live.
Today at least 1 in every 4 students is enrolled in some sort of online course. In fact several countries all over the world see this as a great opportunity for people to increase their knowledge and make their country a much better place to live. In fact Obama, the president from the United States of America, has plans to invest over $500 million dollars in online courses on the near future. It is estimated that by the year of 2014 the world will have 19 million online students. If you do not know where to start, make sure you visit Youtube! The site has hundreds and hundreds of teaching videos that will certainly be a very good start for you!