Students today are digital natives, and if we do not meet them where they are, in that digital space, we are going to lose them, says Mindy Hintze, upcoming keynote speaker for the Rutgers Online Learning Conference to be held on March 13, 2017. “Online learning is here to stay,” she relates. Hintze speaks from experience; she completed her own master’s degree coursework entirely online, which allowed her to study anytime, anywhere, while still working and caring for her family.
Only 10 percent of students were enrolled in online learning in 2002, but that figure jumped to 30 percent by 2010, Hintze says. About 5.8 million students were enrolled in at least one distance learning course in fall 2014, according to Online Report Card: Tracking Online Education in the United States,´ in a report by Babson Survey Research Group.