Online Learning Update

December 26, 2012

Cash-strapped students turning to online learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Virtual College (UK)

Students in the UK are increasingly looking to online learning as a way of resisting the rising costs of course materials. According to a recent study conducted by the National Union of Students and CourseSmart, 81 per cent of undergraduates believe higher education facilities should be offering textbooks free of charge as part of their fees, the Guardian reports. To avoid splashing out on heavy and expensive degree-related reading, 95 per cent of young people questioned are using internet-connected devices to help them with their studying. They also have the opportunity to rent – rather than buy – digital textbooks, which means they are saving cash and learning more effectively, as stated by 63 per cent of respondents. In addition, 99 per cent of individuals claimed to own at least one online device, while 77 per cent of this group said they use it for academia.

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