Internships.com recently conducted a student survey with Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm, to find out how students are studying and learning. The results reveal the beginning of a big shift to virtual and online learning.
Only half of students believe they need to attend class in physical setting in order to gain an education or learn. Additionally, 53% of students surveyed believe that online colleges are reputable – there is clearly an appetite for online learning.
The benefits of online learning are obvious: flexibility and cost of higher education online learning is more appealing than the traditional model. But students are looking for virtual alternatives in their professional lives as well. 70% of students are willing to work in a virtual environment. Internships.com CEO Robin D. Richards explains further:
“As new modes of online higher education develop and students use technology in greater and greater numbers within and for their academic curriculum, it’s clear that the desire for relevant 21stcentury jobs and career experiences go hand-in-hand. To ensure the ROI of college long term – whether learning in offline or online settings, experiential education – specifically through internships and mentoring, is a must for the next generation student.”
Employers on Internships.com are on track with students on this, as more employers are posting virtual internships this year. However, there is still a lot of potential for online education in both higher education and careers – about 75% of students still have the perception that it’s easier to learn in a traditional setting versus an online setting.
Click here to read the full survey results.