Online Enrollments as a Percent of Total EnrollmentSource: Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States

Online enrollment as a percentage of total enrollments has skyrocketed at institutions across the U.S. over the last decade, with online enrollments accounting for over 30% of all enrollments as of fall 2011. Oklahoma Wesleyan University is no exception—OKWU’s online enrollment has grown a whopping 500% during the last four years.

For institutions like OKWU, learning management systems like Blackboard Learn, Moodlerooms joule and ANGEL have helped manage this shift, while helping to accommodate a growing segment of non-traditional learners.

With online enrollments on the upswing, OKWU needed to ensure the future of its learning programs by selecting a replacement for ANGEL, the LMS the university had used since 2009. OKWU chose Blackboard Learn over competing platforms for its instructor efficiency, user-friendliness and ability to scale to meet expected future growth of the university’s online programs.

OKWU moves at a time when +50% of ANGEL schools run Blackboard Learn in parallel to their primary LMS, and many others have completed the switch fully. They join National Park Community College, Indian Hills Community College, Hilbert College, DeSales University, North Central Michigan College, Bowie State University, Lindsey Wilson College in switching from ANGEL to Blackboard.

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