The Future Of Distance Learning

The Future Of Distance Learning

By 2025, the eLearning market will reach $300 billion market value  — propelled by trends in technology that are helping to create an interactive learning experience

Tech Trends in eLearning

  • Going Mobile
    • Offers learners the freedom to consume content when and where they’d like
    • Helps instructors monitor learner’s performance
    • 67% of organizations offer mobile learning
  • Immersive Technologies
    • Augmented Reality (AR): Delivers a more engaging learning experience
    • Virtual Reality (VR): Eliminates distractions and increases engagement
    • 89% of educators are interested in using more AR, VR, and 360° video
  • Interactive Video
    • Engaging, easily distributed content including demos, explainers, and interviews
    • Enhances content consumptions and increases retention rates
    • 98% of educators think that interactive video will be essential in the future
  • Big Data
    • Allows organizations to track what content is most engaging and effective
    • Helps design personalize learning experiences and increase training efficiency
    • 93% of educators think predictive analytics will change education
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Streamlines the creation of customized learning pathways
    • Supports the diverse needs of all learners
    • By 2022, use AI in education is expected to grow by 48%

eLearning is especially popular among college students today who need an education that will work with their schedule and promote work/life balance

What Online Learners Say

  • Online Learners Value Their Education
    • 63% chose online education because it works best with their current work/life responsibilities
      • More than 40% plan to return to their alma mater to take more classes
    • 60% believed their online educated helped them improve soft skills:
      • Critical thinking and problem-solving: 85%
      • Time management: 84%
      • Attention to detail: 84%
      • Writing skills: 79%
      • Teamwork: 69%
      • Oral communication: 62%
    • Benefits of Learning Online

72% of organizations believe eLearning gives them a competitive advantage

  • For Business: Every $1 spent on eLearning, increases productivity by $30
  • For Students: eLearners learn 5X more material per hour of training
  • Top Reasons Students Choose Online Programs*
    • Affordability:
      • 60% of undergraduate students
      • 46% of graduate students
    • Reputation:
      • 39% of graduate and undergraduate students
    • Quickest path to a degree:
      • 31% of undergraduate students
      • 29% of graduate students
    • Quality of faculty:
      • 20% of undergraduate students
      • 34% of graduate students

An unlikely proponent of eLearning, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the closure of schools around the world and challenged educators to use online tools to continue teaching.

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The Future Of Distance Learning

  • Impact Of COVID-19
    • By March 2020, the virus prompted school closures disrupting education for at least 73 countries — Including nationwide school closures in 56 countries
      • More than 517 million students have been affected
    • Why Go Online?
      • In the midst of an epidemic, online learning allows
        • Schools to be more adaptable and flexible
        • Teachers to expand the use of online learning tools
      • “Proactive school closures—closing schools before there’s a case there—have been shown to be one of the most powerful nonpharmaceutical interventions that we can deploy.” — Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a sociologist and physician at Yale University
    • Challenges When Switching To Online Learning
      • Insufficient Infrastructure: Nearly 18% of school-age children don’t have home internet access
        • Spectrum and Comcast are offering free access to affected students — While others have promised not to cut service over unpaid bills, waived fees, or opened access to public hotspots
      • Lack Of Technology: 44% of low income* Americans don’t own a computer
        • A computer may not be necessary — 56% of online learners use a smartphone or tablet to complete some of their course activities
      • More Than Education: 30 million school children rely on free or reduced-cost lunches provided in school — Many districts have requested funding waivers to continue providing “drive-thru” lunches despite school closures

Despite the crisis, there is no shortage of online platforms and tools for educators to choose from

  • How To Find High-Quality Online Learning
    • Do Your Research: Read online reviews, look up program completion rates, and ask others about their experiences
      • Most college students choose an online program based on
        • Online reviews: 35%
        • College search/ranking websites: 33%
        • Family/friends recommendations: 30%
      • Check Transfer Credit: If you’re looking to take online college courses, ensure the credits you earn will transfer by looking for an accredited program
        • In the U.S., regional accreditation — from 1 of 7 organizations — signifies a higher standard than national accreditation
        • If you’re looking to transfer online credits to a specific university, pick a course similar to one that the university has previously offered
      • Opportunities For Younger Students: Many websites offer fun activities to help keep young students engaged in learning — even when school isn’t in session
        • Scholastic’s “Learn At Home”: Offers daily courses for Pre-K through 6th gade
        • JoVE Virtual Experiments: Opened access to its STEM video library for all
        • BrainPop: Offers interactive lessons for all core content areas and more

eLearning will continue to reshape the learning environment and empower students around the world to pursue their love of learning

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