Originally posted on edtechdigest.com:

GUEST COLUMN | By Andy Lausch

College students have high expectations for technology, digital content, and connectivity inside the classroom – not surprising given their access to technology outside of the classroom. It’s this environment that is driving institutions to consider virtual learning and how to make it an essential component of the educational experience.

Virtual learning, which enables instruction to be delivered to students who are not physically in the same location as the professor and/or other students, is both efficient and cost-effective – two important factors at a time when higher education budgets and students’ personal finances are tight. Once viewed as an alternative to traditional instruction, virtual learning is becoming an essential component and preferred learning model.

Critically, the barriers that once separated virtual learning from the traditional educational experience are falling away. CDW-G’s 21st-Century Campus Report found that 22 percent of college administrators said using technology…

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