The History of Online Learning

From Correspondence to Online

Learn how distance learning has evolved over the past century.

While taking classes away from a brick-and-mortar college campus may seem like a new concept, the idea actually stretches back to the 19th century with correspondence courses.

These courses, taken through the mail, made college accessible to rural residents and people working full-time jobs. Today, distance learning remains one of the strongest trends in higher education, albeit more often via online platforms.

Historical Perspective

In those first correspondence colleges, students and instructors communicated exclusively through the postal service, and coursework was not generally recognized by mainstream universities.

By 1900, however, those institutions were experimenting with distance learning as public universities began offering extension courses.

Textbooks were supplemented with lantern slides and motion pictures. The advent of radio expanded delivery to include live lectures, and finally, educational television brought the classroom to the student.

Today, of course, the standard for distance learning is the online course. Student can earn a degree from an accredited online university without ever setting foot on a campus.

Course content typically includes text and videos, quizzes are followed by instant scoring, and students correspond with instructors and classmates in real time through email, blogs, online discussion boards and instant messaging.

Online Courses: Same Content, New Delivery Method

Globe University harnessed more than a century of experience in our decision to offer Internet-based college courses. We instituted online courses in 2000, after a thorough evaluation of how the web-based platform would impact students, faculty and the institution.

Globe University proceeded carefully, ensuring online instructional methods and technologies deliver the same high-quality outcomes provided in the classroom. Online degree programs and courses were directly adapted from those offered in the classroom, providing identical curricula in a different format. Transcripts do not distinguish between traditional and online courses.

Extensive online student services include individual financial aid planning, career planning, tutoring and job-search assistance. Satisfaction is high among both students and their employers.

At Globe University, online students include working parents, military members on deployment and residents of rural communities.

The broad accessibility of Internet-based schooling fulfills the vision of 19th century reformers who saw higher education as the key to social and economic advancement for working adults.

Helping Students Achieve Their Goals

Flexibility is the key to success for many of our students.

Many of Globe University’s degree programs are offered entirely online. In our programs that require traditional classroom and lab attendance, we help students expand their options by offering as many other courses as possible online.

Each program is designed to provide maximum flexibility without compromising the depth of content.

If you would like more information about our online college programs, please contact admissions or call 1-877-303-6060.