I have been following current trends in learning online in early 2021 to see the impact of the new curriculum standard on online education. I have conducted a survey where a few thousand people were asked if they prefer learning online and are satisfied with the way it is conducted? What are your thoughts on the current sustainability of the online education in India? What research trend, if any, do you expect to see in the coming years? And what other future trends do you expect to see in online education?
To answer these questions I have conducted a survey, and received a set of surveys (12) which I chose for analysis. I have also looked at the correlation of queries about future online education trends, their location and trends.
I also have a website which provides a comprehensive guide to numerous educational services online, but what’s most important for me is to understand where the online education trends are likely to be in 2021 and how is it likely to change in the future.
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Below is the table where I have carried out my analysis.
I have included some personal thoughts to help my conclusions;
There are a few interesting trends, such as the rise of online distance learning programs. This rose up to 25% in the month of December, for example.
There have been decreases in students enrolled in college courses, for example the drop in students enrolled in the year 2020-21 is the highest it has been since 1997 (“Public Education Statistics 2021”).
Also, around 15% of students are expecting to go back to college for college or some other courses, as students are concerned about falling up to half of their course.
The largest number of people, around 40%, are considering returning to college/university soon, due to a lack of work options and affordability. The lowest percentage is also registered into online courses. As much as 30% of people are unlikely to return to college for any sort of course and over 15% are looking for a job, with a full-time learning course.
More people are likely to pick up at least one online course in the near future, due to the massive increase in online courses, along with the level of satisfaction with the online education.
Other studies show online education coming out of recession, with online courses doing a lot better than normal course(“Data Projective Examination of COVID-19 Effects on Online Education”). This adds fuel to the fire.
Moving onto the research questions that I had to answer from the survey, many of these also seem to follow the main trends. The biggest insight, given by the survey, is that the majority of students still prefer online education (84%, “Public Education Statistics 2021”). Although it seems that not everyone is satisfied with online education as the majority of people, even the students themselves, would prefer to go back to the college or university.
There were a few other positive developments as well.
As per my own information, students are increasingly aware of technology, with just over 17% of respondents finding a “buddy to tutor” online. This is the highest percentage of young people that I have ever seen.
There is also a strong business of online courses (“online education statistics”). Despite that, the online courses are likely to remain in a bubble as the industry has not done much research to research into the future of the online education and will struggle to expand into new markets in the foreseeable future. This shall be a challenge for online education companies.
Finally, considering the fact that graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to find a job (“Public Education Statistics 2021”), online courses could be a viable option for those who are looking for a part-time working opportunity. This is likely to have a positive impact on students both in the job market and the online education industry.
As a closer look at the study, you can see that more than one third of the respondents (by the year 2021) would like to be able to finish their degrees online in as online courses would be cheaper than usual courses, which is an absolutely integral feature of online education.
Where I see online education continuing to get popular and gaining massive popularity is that traditional education could be done via distance learning (with tuition and daycare being online) to maintain the school system and maintain the in-school engagement.
Also, as I mentioned, there will be many changes in the way education is administered, hence, it is possible that universities/ colleges will get themselves up to look a little different (“Online Education Statistics 2021”). However, we don’t know how we will know if this is possible or not.
The future of online education depends on how intelligent the education industry is. This may lead to further research in more and more areas such as the shift of marketing, content creation, etc.