First prize winner of the “The Why Open Education Matters” video competition organized by Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Institute.

200,000 approximate number of undergraduates enrolled in the world’s top 20 universities

100,000 approximate number of students enrolled in the first online classes at Coursera, edX, and Udacity

The MOOCs (massive open online course)

Sir Isaac Pitman starts delivering shorthand courses by mail in 1837.

Making the switch

U.S. college students enrolled in online degree-granting programs as percentage of total enrollment.

Source: Going the Distance, Online Education in the United States, 2011 Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board