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When is National Online Learning Day?

September 15th is National Online Learning Day.

What is National Online Learning Day?

Going to class used to be hard. Well, it wasn’t that hard, but attending class online is definitely easier. As more and more people sign up for online courses, National Online Learning Day celebrates the convenience and customization of online learning.

Not all online students are undergrads who want to stay in their pajamas. Let’s bust that myth right now. Many are well-kempt adults in their 30s and 40s taking courses towards an MBA or that unfinished bachelor’s degree. Or they’re K-12 students taking the custom approach to grade school.

The exclusively online programs are out there, but a lot of students take advantage of blended class rooms. These mix in-person lectures with online components like discussion boards and online testing. The end result might be a high school diploma, or a professional certification, or simply the fun of learning something new.

So take a formal course online, or hit up your favorite streaming service for some educational videos. The World Wide Web is your oyster, a reality we especially appreciate on National Online Learning Day.

Fun facts about National Online Learning Day!

  • The Johns Hopkins Science Review, a precursor of online learning, began in March of 1948 and was a series of televised lectures.
  • Pre-internet, the Electronic University Network began offering online courses in 1984.
  • Tim Berners-Lee introduced the World Wide Web in 1991.
  • The first online high school appeared in 1994 and was called CompuHigh.
  • Michigan, thanks to a law passed in 2006, requires high school students to complete an online course to graduate.

How to celebrate National Online Learning Day:

  • Post on social media about how online learning has helped you. Give your online alma mater a shout out, and describe your favorite part of the new academic format.
  • Never taken online courses? Take part in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Find courses that touch on your passions, like history, programming, or astronomy.
  • Give your kids a head start with online learning in subjects like chess or programming.

What’s the hashtag for National Online Learning Day?

Use #OnlineLearningDay on social media to promote online learning.