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The Future Of E-Learning Is In Question

by Richard Chang

Campus Technology

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Global E-Learning Market in Steep Decline, Report Says

The worldwide self-paced e-learning market is declining at a precipitous rate, according to a recent report released by Ambient Insight Research, a Washington state-based market research firm. According to the study, the global compound annual growth rate for self-paced e-learning products is clearly negative at -6.4 percent over the next five years.

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E-Learning Still an Important Component in Blended Learning

It’s been on a straight, and steep, path upward, but a recent reports suggests that the global e-learning market may be poised for a steep decline. A report by Ambient Insight Research projects a drop of 6.4 percent in growth rate for self-paced e-learning products over the next five years. What does this mean for universities and colleges that are just beginning to explore these options?

While on a decline, there is still a place for e-learning options at all levels of education—and beyond. Blended learning combines the best of a wide array of learning options—traditional and tech-enabled—to provide rich experiences for students. E-learning may be seeing a decline, but it’s not likely to entirely go away. Multiple options can help to fuel innovation in education.