DALLAS – At the age of 82, Dallas resident Barbara Ingram is not your average senior.
Just four weeks after a complete hip replacement, she can be found exercising in her Harvard sweatshirt while attending her weekly postoperative physical therapy session.
At first glance, you might think Ivy League college is her alma mater, or perhaps a grandson's academic choice, but she wears the crimson letters proudly as an enrolled student.
During the pandemic, e-learning has become the new normal and, for many older people like Ingram, it makes going back to school easier than ever.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there were 6,932,074 students enrolled in distance education courses at post-secondary degree-granting institutions in 2018, data was collected from the most recent year. That number is likely to rise due to spikes in COVID-19 cases, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing guidelines.