The Internet has only been in our lives for a little over 20 years. During this time, all aspects of our lives have changed beyond recognition, including education. Whereas before it was necessary to attend lectures physically, online education has revolutionised the way we learn.
Only last year, the e-learning market was worth 166.5 billion dollars and it is estimated that in 2017 it will grow to 255 billion dollars. In the last Global Shapers Survey, an initiative of the World Economic Forum in which 25,000 young people from all over the world were interviewed, 77.84% of those who took part in the survey said that they had done online courses.
What is online education? It is higher education courses where students attend class from home. Online courses may also be aimed at students who are preparing for a given qualification. In this regard, the most popular courses are languages, accounting or nursing.
According to Global Shapers Survey, 47.79% of those surveyed state that they are reading to achieve the certification of certain skills, including the online certification, once their professional careers start. This shows the potential of online education.
In recent years, online education has progressed dramatically. More and more higher education institutions have introduced or strengthened their online platforms. As a result, a significant part of higher education has converted, with university lecturers switching to giving courses online. For 40.56% of those surveyed, the quality of online education is the same as that of traditional learning.
In addition, new technologies have made e-learning more accessible than ever. All that is needed is a computer, an Internet connection and basic computer skills. Moreover, online education is both more flexible and cheaper than face-to-face education. With respect to being more flexible, students review their schedule and access the recordings of lectures when best suits them.
In short, e-learning has made learning easier, thereby fulfilling the global objective since the 1990s of “education for all”.