E-learning has gained ground worldwide in schools and businesses.
However, many need help understanding the e-learning market, its challenges, or even trending platforms for e-learning.
So, in this piece, I highlight the statistics, facts, and trends in e-learning for students, teachers, and other stakeholders.
7 Key E-Learning Statistics (Editor’s Pick)
- In 2022, the global e-learning market was valued at $235.5 billion.
- In 2021, 57% of surveyed online learners lived around 75 miles from their campuses.
- 30% of students in 2021 disliked the heavy workloads of e-learning.
- Almost 40% of Russian e-learners dropped at least one course in 2022.
- The United States had the most (17.3 million) e-learners on Coursera in 2021.
- In 2022, 49% of respondents in the UK chose Duolingo as the top online education service.
- 20% of e-learning students in 2021 felt their online programs were better than physical programs.
E-Learning Market & Financials Statistics
1. In 2022, the global e-learning market was valued at $235.5 billion.
It was expected to reach $648.6 billion in 2030, with a CAGR of 13.5% over seven years.
2. In 2021, 89% of all online course prices were $350 or lesser.
The average course price was $137 out of 132,009 course sales observed in the survey sample.
3. The global corporate e-learning market was worth $22.5 billion in 2021.
Estimates suggest the market will reach $44.6 billion in 2028 with a CAGR of 10.5%.
4. Projections peg E-learning platform revenue at $57.42 billion for 2023.
While there will be 900 million users of these platforms by 2027.
E-Learning Students and Schools Statistics
5. 70% of e-learners in 2021 leaned towards back-to-back courses to facilitate completion time.
While 30% preferred short breaks in between classes.
6. 30% of e-learning students in 2021 took courses to achieve personal growth.
26% were more interested in career advancement, while 25% were learning online for better job prospects.
|Major Factors for E-Learning||Percentage (%)|
|Achieving personal growth||30|
|Better job prospects||25|
|Securing a first professional job||25|
7. 42% of e-learning graduates in 2021 got salary boosts after their degrees.
38% started their career, 31% got a new job, and 28% got promoted at their current roles.
|Events After Acquiring E-Degree||Percentage (%)|
|Started a career||38|
|Got a new job||31|
|Got promoted at work||28|
|Gained more confidence at work||23|
|Became more responsible at work||23|
|Had more marketable skills||22|
|Met business requirements||12|
8. 51% of students in 2021 enjoyed the faster time e-learning programs took to complete.
While 85% enjoyed these programs’ flexibility, 78% liked their convenience.
9. 20% of e-learning students in 2021 felt their online programs were better than physical programs.
45% of students felt online, and on-ground programs were the same.
Conversely, 24% preferred on-ground programs to online programs.
The final 11% were not sure.
10. 15% of surveyed students in 2021 felt employers found online programs more credible than on-campus programs.
49% felt employers did not see a difference in credibility between online and on-campus. Another 18% felt employers found the on-campus programs more credible than online programs, while 17% were unsure.
11. In 2021, 32% of e-learners graduates were “very likely” to enroll in a physical university/academic institution.
31% were “likely” to enroll, 17% were neither “likely nor unlikely” to register, 8% were “unlikely,” and 18% were “very unlikely.”
12. 24% of 2021 surveyed online learners spent less than two weeks searching for online classes and completing their applications.
Another 24% spent two to four weeks on the same tasks, while 18% spent five to eight weeks.
|Weeks Spent||Percentage (%)|
|Did not apply yet||4|
13. In 2021, 87% of e-learning students preferred to have various program start dates to start earlier.
13% preferred to have fewer start dates and classes with more coursemates.
14. 65% of e-learners in 2021 wanted the flexibility of picking their course lineup.
While 35% preferred to be in a locked-up cohort program or course plan.
15. 68% of students would prefer online programs with no scheduling format.
In the 2021 survey, 32% preferred online programs with a scheduling format where students had to be online at once to take live classes.
16. In 2021, 70% of e-learners preferred taking courses with no in-between breaks to accelerate their program completion time.
While 30% would choose breaks in between their courses.
17. 76% of e-learners in 2021 preferred online programs with no required on-campus visitations.
While 24% would select online programs with required (but short) on-campus visitations (2-7 days).
18. 64% of e-learners chose mobile devices over laptops to check grades, assignments, due dates, or course schedules.
While 47% preferred mobiles to communicate with professors, 39% used the same device to communicate with other students in 2021.
|Reasons for Choosing Mobile Devices Over Laptops in E-Learning||Percentage (%)|
|Checking grades, assignments, due dates, or course schedule||64|
|Communicating with professors||47|
|Communicating with other students||39|
|Going through digital readings||36|
|Completing multimedia learning||32|
19. 69% of e-learners in a 2021 survey would “very likely” consider one course over another for a scholarship.
While 71% would do so for a tuition discount, and 63% would pass up a course for one with free or no textbooks.
20. In 2021, 57% of surveyed online learners lived around 75 miles from their campuses.
While 28% lived 15 miles and 24% lived 100 miles from their campuses.
In contrast, 61% would search for their program in a different online school, while 14% of the surveyed 2021 bunch would apply for a different online program in the same school. The remaining 4% would not enroll.
22. University of Arkansas at Little Rock was the best US e-learning institution in 2022, with a 54% online enrollment rate.
Franklin University was ranked second with an 80% enrollment in e-learning, and Brenau University came third (60% enrollment).
|University in the U.S.||% of Online Enrollment|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||54|
|Franciscan University of Steubenville||43|
|Ozark Christian College||28|
|Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis||41|
23. 16% of U.S. respondents in a 2022 survey worried about the quality of online instruction and academic support they get compared to on-premises campuses.
25% cared about balancing their school with work, family, and household activities.
|Concerns About E-Learning||Percentage (%)|
|Quality of online instruction and academic support||16|
|Balancing school with work, family, and household activities||25|
|Adapting to the e-learning environment||14|
|Being part of a learning community and/or interaction with professors and classmates||12|
|Challenge of using technology and software to access and participate in classes||11|
24. In 2021, almost 83% of primary schools in England prepared/planned to prepare work for pupils through e-learning platforms.
While 94% of secondary schools in England did the same.
E-Learning Challenges Statistics, Facts & Trends
25. 30% of students in a 2021 survey disliked the heavy workloads of e-learning.
Another 30% complained of a lack of instructor interaction, and 27% went with an increased need for self-discipline.
|Downsides of E-Learning||Percentage (%)|
|Lack of interaction||30|
|Increased need for self-discipline||27|
|Lack of interaction with classmates||24|
|Lack of feedback overall||18|
Worsened emotional state (65%) and reduced student-teacher relations (60%) came second and third, respectively.
|Parental Concerns on E-Learning||Percentage (%)|
|Social relations reduction||75|
|Worsened emotional state||65|
|Reduced student-teacher relations||60|
|Decrease in study motivation||51|
|Internet connection problems||45|
|Remote working issues having children at home||41|
|Need for parents to stay at home||37|
|Lack of adequate devices||36|
|Decline in teaching quality||34|
|Increased work for parents/tutors||34|
|Enough available space at home||33|
|More meal-related expenses||24|
27. Almost 40% of Russian e-learners dropped at least one course in 2022.
While 16% did not finish a lot of courses they enrolled in.
E-Learning Demographics Statistics, Facts & Trends
28. 31% of online students surveyed in 2021 were the first to attend college in their families.
While 69% were not first-generation college students.
29. The United States had the most (17.3 million) e-learners on Coursera in 2021.
This was followed by India (13.6 million e-learners) and Mexico (4.8 million e-learners).
E-Learning Platforms Statistics, Facts & Trends
30. As of 2021, Coursera had 92 million registered e-learners.
These e-learners were responsible for 189 million course enrollments and 2.2 million enrollments in entry-level and professional certificate courses.
While GetCourse (almost 281,000) was a close second.
32. In 2022, Microsoft Teams was the most used application in Poland to give online lessons to children (71.3%) and parents (68.3%).
In second place was Zoom, used by more parents (27.6%) than children (23.2%) getting online lessons. Skype rounded up the top three, also enjoying more popularity with parents (17.5%) than children (15.4%).
33. In 2022, 49% of respondents in the UK chose Duolingo as the top online education service.
Rosetta Stone (41%) and Babbel (40%) came second and third, respectively.
|Online Education Service||Percentage (%)|
Enjoy Seamless E-Learning
These e-learning statistics, facts, and trends have drawn attention to its market, challenges, and top platforms for businesses and schools.
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