With the rapid increase of students enrolled in online courses, the traditional college classroom is shifting from a physical location to a virtual meeting space. The result? Self-directed learning has become the new measurement of success.
For the first time in 15 years, the overall number of students enrolled in higher education courses has decreased by nearly 34,000. Despite the decrease in full-time students, the U.S. Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics shows that part-time enrollment is on the upswing.
According to the report, online enrollment has surpassed the six million student mark, and nearly one-in-three students are now enrolled in an online course through a college or university. Schools are expanding their online offerings to accommodate the demands of the part-time, technology-savvy student.
Students interested in online courses must be prepared to manage and control their education. With many online courses, most preparation and learning falls on the student and requires students to view PowerPoint presentations, PDF documents, or videos before class. More than ever, establishing self-directed learning and organization skills at an early age is essential.
Even before the popularity of online courses, self-directed learning has been stressed as a major principle in early development. The U.S. Education Department has highlighted the importance of teachers being self-directed learners and passing this trait along to their students.
This concept has been the foundation of a supplementary education company, Eye Level, since its creation in 1976. Eye Level recognizes the importance of building and strengthening the fundamental principle of self-directed learning. By incorporating self-directed learning into the curriculum, Eye Level has instilled the ability of self-directed learning in millions of students worldwide from pre-school to secondary education levels. As the future of education trends toward hybrid learning, we are starting to prepare students for the new college campus is more important than ever.
Eye Level, a supplemental education and enrichment program, offers a teaching philosophy and education method where self-directed learning, individualized academic coaching, and critical thinking are at the core of helping children improve and excel academically. Eye Level has more than 150 centers in the U.S. and more than 780 locations worldwide. Eye Level is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daekyo Co., founded by Youngjoong Kang, who also acts as the Chairman of Daekyo’s Board of Directors.