The cloud is the main enabler for a virtual or distant learning environment. From the perspective of an educational institution, this eliminates the need for developing vast campuses and then maintaining them. The physical footprint of schools, colleges and universities can be greatly reduced and replaced with a virtual environment.
For students, this eliminates the need for physically showing up on campus. Welcome to a fully virtualized learning environment made possible by the cloud. Students will submit their assignment, quiz, examination and all other evaluation material over the cloud, from the comfort of their home or office.
This will make education accessible to a whole new market segment that has the drive to enhance their qualification, but lack the enabling environment due to administrative constraints. Some common examples of this segment are stay at home moms and on the job professionals.