Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Virtual Schools Driving 'Self-Paced' E-Learning Boom

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Virtual Schools Driving 'Self-Paced' E-Learning Boom

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LED IN PART BY RAPID GROWTH in online education, by 2015 preK-12 academic institutions in the US will spend $4.9 billion on "self-paced" electronic learning products and services, according to a new report released by research firm Ambient Insight. That represents a compound annual growth rate of 16.8 percent from 2010 spending levels, outpacing the growth of the e-learning market in all eight other buyer segments reported on, including higher education and health care.

The report, "The US Market for Self-Paced E-Learning Products and Services: 2010-2015 Forecast and Analysis," encompasses a category of electronic learning that includes learning management, classroom management, and learning content management systems, along with student information systems and hosted learning platforms, among others. As defined by the researchers, these self-pacing tools do not include mobile learning, gaming, or several other major e-learning categories.

The surge in self-paced e-learning in preK-12 is being driven in large part by four factors--"rapid growth of virtual schools, the dramatic increase in online students, the recession, and state budget cuts," says the report--the last of which is causing schools to shift budgets from programs like summer, classroom-based credit recovery classes to self-paced courses. …

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