How the Internet revolutionized education

June 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM ET

Every once in a while, in an age of hackers and Weiner Twitter scandals, it's good to remember that the Internet also makes it easier for the masses — that would be us — to get educated. gives us some cool stats and information in an even cooler infographic, "How the Internet is revolutionizing education."

Among the stats:

  • In 1989, the University of Phoenix launched its private, online school starting with 12 students — it now has more than a half-million students.
  • In 1999, the term "e-learning" was coined at an educational seminar.
  • In 2004, "Salman Khan records instructional YouTube videos to help his cousins with math. The rising popularity of these videos leads him to found the Khan Academy, a not-for-profit, free, educational online organization."
  • Online education is now a $34 billion industry.

— Via The Atlantic /
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