Online courses help workers juggle education, life

by Cindy Krischer Goodman, Miami Herald

As schools boost their online offerings, there are new options for working adults who want to add a career skill. The 2012 Survey of Online Learning reveals that the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6.7 million; 60 percent of those online degree seekers are employed full time. But getting a degree online is not as easy as you might think. The rate of those who fail or give up is significant — as much as 30 percent higher than among on-campus students, in some cases. “Students want the flexibility but some of them don’t realize how rigorous the courses can be,” says Joyce Elam, Dean of University College, home of Florida International University’s online learning.

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