Technology, Millennials, and “The Future of Education”

Millennial Branding and Internships.com have released a survey of 1,345 college students (conducted in May 2013) on online learning.  While 78% still believe that it is easier to learn in a traditional classroom setting, millennials show an openness to online courses and a value of learning in non-traditional settings.  Other key statistics of the study:

  • 84% use a computer in the classroom
  • 57% believe internships are most important when developing their business skills.
  • 53% believe that online colleges are reputable
  • 50% say they don’t need a physical classroom
  • 43% say that online education will provide them with courses of the equal or higher quality to traditional colleges
  • 39% see the future of education as more virtual
  • 19% say they will use social media to engage in the classroom
  • 12% consider colleges courses are most important when developing their business skills.

Millennial’s post on the survey is available here.

While these firms have a vested interest in online education and internship programs, it is interesting that they clearly indicate students prefer face-to-face classes.  However, they are very open to online courses, the use of technology in support of education, and valuing non-traditional forms of learning as highly as a traditional college education.

Infographic: How Do Employers View Online Degrees?

Graphic by Drexel.com

Story by EdTechMagazine.com

Online learning has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years. Students have flocked to online universities and massive open online courses (MOOCs) because they want to make themselves more appealing to potential employers. Is it working?

Time magazine explored this issue in an effort to understand whether online learning is actually helping students get jobs and employers find qualified employees. While employers are somewhat skeptical about online learning, attitudes are shifting as more students look to the web for a degree.

Full EdTechMagazine.com post is here.