The demand for e-Learning has skyrocketed over the past decade, driven by better connectivity to the internet with improved speed and reliability. Becoming the only option for many during the Covid pandemic, further driving uptake as schools, universities and businesses moved ever more education and training online. In response to this, many more e-Learning providers became established to provide increasingly diverse and higher quality courses, more accessible than ever before. Making e-Learning the fastest-growing market across the education industry.
E-Learning is not simply about further education and vocational courses. Many experience e-Learning today without realising: watching ‘how-tos’ on YouTube or TikTok, reading or downloading blogs, articles and e-books from websites and even on-line gaming that focuses on specific content or skills. There are real advantages to e-Learning. You can schedule your time to learn when it suits you, go at your own pace and repeat content if you don’t fully grasp it first time around. E-Learning courses tend to be less expensive and can be delivered almost immediately, getting you started when you are ready. They are also kinder to the environment, with reports suggesting a reduction in energy consumption of 90 per cent compared to classroom learning.
But, as with anything, there are negatives to consider. There is a lack of face-to-face interaction, creating isolation and for some, making it difficult to stay motivated. Technical issues can disrupt training, especially for those with poor broadband connection and technical know-how. Plus, on-line courses can take longer to complete than classroom-based courses due to their less formal time management and pre-planned schedules.
Many blend e-Learning with the classroom, referred to as ‘flipped classroom’. An approach that enables you to be introduced to a topic or module and gain foundation knowledge, prepare and review material on-line before moving into the classroom.
Providing a fuller and more dynamic learning experience.
With the industry expected to be worth $400 billion by 2026 the number and scope
of e-Learning providers and courses has also skyrocketed. Providing opportunity for anyone of any age to continue their personal or professional development, to learn a new skill or take up hobbies at any time of life.
Recent findings from a study suggest that, despite the often-held stereotype, age is not a significant factor impacting either use, intention to learn or satisfaction with e-Learning. It gives you access to subjects that are not available locally, helping you to learn new languages with Rosetta Stone and Babbel or selecting from over 24,000 courses with Udemy and over 170,000 courses from
LearnWorlds – just a few of thousands of e-Learning providers.
So far in 2023 the most popular e-Learning topics have been: digital marketing, entrepreneurship, meditation & mindset, finance & investing, creative arts & crafts, fitness, web design & development, personal development, content creation (photography, video editing, creative writing), holistic healing and lifestyle courses. This reflects the wide range of topics available at all levels and is perfect for anyone with access to the internet and the desire to learn new skills and take on new challenges.
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