Learning takes place well after the classroom. In fact, some would contend that the best learning happens the years that they are no longer in traditional education.
Humans by nature are lifelong learners, and the tools we use today are supplementing this desire to learn and grow.
Leveraging both elearning and mobile learning, we are making learning opportunities more accessible and convenient through the programs we create.
For instance, consider the following:
- In 2008, the Khan Academy is founded with the aim to provide formal education courses to the masses. This marks the beginning of the MOOC.
- In 2010, Udemy is launched, granting people both the opportunity to teach and take courses across a large variety of topics.
- In 2011, two professors at Stanford University start Coursera. The program features courses offered by the top universities in the U.S. and is a huge hit all over the world.
- In 2012, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology start edX, another MOOC inspired program with a focus on tech subjects. At the same time, Google is partnering with Udacity, and 2U raises $96 million in seed funding in the effort to offer undergraduate courses.
- In 2014, over 24 million people have taken a Codecademy course.
As you can see, the sudden rise in elearning and mobile learning has resulted in new learning opportunities to people all around the globe – and this is just scratching the surface.
People are seeking additional learning avenues after formal education because they know that it will benefit them in the long run with potentially bigger salaries or more desirable titles.
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