Business Week: Giving It theBusiness Week: Giving It the Old Online Try
Nearly two years after the dot-com fizzle began, e-learning has emerged from the wreckage as one of the Internet's most useful applications. Nearly half of the 4,000 major colleges and universities in the U.S. now offer courses over the Internet or use the Web to enhance campus classes, according to market researcher International Data Corp. About 2 million students take online courses from U.S. higher-ed institutions, and their ranks could swell to 5 million by 2006, estimates John G. Flores, head of the U.S. Distance Learning Assn., a nonprofit trade group outside Boston (charts). And it's not just a U.S. phenomenon: Students from developing countries are jumping online too.
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