The demand for online learning has been growing at a frantic pace since the turn of the century. In the United States alone, there were over 4.6 million college students studying online in fall 2008 or more than one in four taking at least one online course according to a research study published by the Sloan Consortium.
Most of the nation’s traditional colleges and universities have added online courses to their offerings and many provide full certificate and degree programs online. In addition, several more recently established for-profit institutions offer a wide range of opportunities to study via the Web. Institutions in other countries, too, are making higher education more accessible via this new digital format to students around the world.