As more students seek flexible alternatives to traditional, on-campus courses, online education continues to evolve.
Among other trends, 2017 saw the proliferation of smaller credentials beyond online degrees, rising online course enrollment at nonprofit universities and the use of big data to track student performance.
And there's plenty more in store for 2018, experts say. Here are four trends in online higher education that prospective students should watch this year.
1. Continued overall enrollment growth: The number of U.S. students who enrolled in at least one online course rose by 5.6 percent between fall 2015 and fall 2016 – a faster rate than in the previous three years, according to a 2018 report published by the Babson Survey Research Group.