Virtual Education And The Educational System

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Virtual Learning continues to transform the educational system in the United States. For the past decade, virtual enrollments in higher educational institutions have surpassed traditional enrollments. According to the Babson Survey Research Group (2015), virtual enrollments in higher education boasted an overall increase of 3.7% between 2012 and 2013. As described in the Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States report (Allen & Seaman, 2015) four year private and four year private non-profit institutions reflected high enrollment growth—7.2% and 12.7% respectively. According to Allen and Seaman (2015), 70.7% of all current, degree-granting, open to the public institutions, offer some type of virtual learning opportunities. Moreover, 95% of institutions with enrollment of 5,000 or more extend virtual course opportunities. For reporting purposes, virtual learning is defined as a course in which a minimum of 80% of content is delivered online. During 2013, total enrollments in virtual higher education courses rose to a staggering 5,257,379. The growing magnitude of virtual learning necessitates study regarding the perceptions surrounding it. This review of the literature is intended to provide analysis of available literature on virtual learning educational experiences in higher education. Specifically, three overarching themes will be discussed—students’ perceptions of online experiences, faculty members’ perceptions, and the benefits/drawbacks of virtual
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