In an effort to create greater awareness of distance learning and to recognize exceptional leaders and best practices in the field, Drexel University Online founded NDLW, in conjunction with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).
“Online education plays a very important role here at Drexel, where our stated mission is to provide every student with a valuable, rigorous, experiential and technology-infused education,” said Susan Aldridge, PhD, president of Drexel University Online. “In fact, overall, more than 13,000 Drexel students are taking at least one course online, which is certainly consistent with campus trends nationwide.”
With distance learning exponentially growing throughout the years, Drexel has been a premier leader of online education since 1996. At Drexel, more than 7,500 unique students from all 50 states and 20 countries are pursuing a bachelor's, master's or certificate.
More than 7.1 million students were enrolled in at least one online course through a university during fall 2012, according to a January 2014 online education report by the Babson Survey Research Group and College Board. At the secondary school level, over 700,000 high school students are taking one or more courses online, and nearly 40 states have established state-wide or state-lead virtual schools.
“National Distance Learning Week is a celebration of learning transformed through technology,” said Jenny Jopling, president of the USDLA. “During the week of November 10th, modern learning discoveries will be shared through 29 live webcasts hosted on usdla.org, made possible by the USDLA and Drexel University Online. These webinars will be a perfect rally of professionals from a variety of distance learning perspectives, offering a wealth of knowledge to those in the online learning industry who work hard to continually enhance education.”
About Drexel University Online
Drexel University Online, a division of Philadelphia-based Drexel University, specializes in innovative, Internet-based education programs for working professionals, organizations, and corporations in the United States and abroad. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the “Best Online Graduate Programs” in the fields of Business Administration, Engineering, Nursing, and Library Science, Drexel’s online programs are among the elite in the nation. Drexel University has been an innovator in technology-enhanced education, offering degrees online since 1996, and enjoys regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools. For more information on Drexel University Online, please visit http://online.drexel.edu/