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30+ E-Learning Statistics, Facts & Trends

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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.

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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
Career advancement  26
Better job prospects  25
Securing a first professional job 25
Salary increment 22

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 (%)
Salary increment  42
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
Switched careers 20
Met business requirements  12
None 7
Others 1

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. 

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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 (%)
<2 weeks 24
2-4 weeks 24
5-8 weeks 18
9-12 weeks 11
4-6 months 8
7-12 months 6
>12 months  5
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).

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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. 

21. Only 20% of e-learners would attend on-campus learning if their preferred programs were unavailable online.

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
Franklin University  80
Brenau University  60
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 (%)
Heavy workloads 30
Lack of interaction  30
Increased need for self-discipline  27
Lack of interaction with classmates 24
Lack of feedback overall 18

26. 75% of Italian parents in March 2021 chose social relations reduction as the main drawback of e-learning in middle school.

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.

31. Skillbox (291,500) was Russia’s most mentioned e-learning platform on social media in 2021-2022.

While GetCourse (almost 281,000) was a close second

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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 (%) 
Duolingo 49
Rosetta Stone 41
Babbel 40
Skillshare 26
Udemy 24
FutureLearn 24
MasterClass 23
Coursera 23

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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