In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the availability of online courses and learners opting for them. What was once an avenue to provide greater access to education, has now become the one stop shop for continuous learners to re-skill themselves in order to stay relevant in their respective fields. This means that the typical student profile for online courses has changed, as the average age of e-learners increases. Additionally, the courses taught are geared more towards skill-oriented topics that are directly applicable in the professional lives of the students. It is critical to ensure that courses are aligned to the students’ needs to reduce dropout, increase student employability and engagement.
At Connect2Teach, we undertook a survey to understand the expectations of e-learners. The survey explored the forms of industry engagement e-learners prefer, the importance of industry relevance in their curriculum, and who they would want as a teacher for their course.
73% of the respondents had taken an online course, of which 41.9% completed their course, 40.5% dropped out and 17.6% were currently enrolled in ongoing courses. We investigated their motivations to enroll in these online courses, the process of selecting a course, their satisfaction with the courses and finally, their reasons for dropping out. 26.9% of the respondents had never taken an online course. This survey further investigated what would have made them enroll in an online course.
Our survey participants were over the age of 22 and comprised of 46% males and 45% females. The respondents were from eight geographies, including the United Kingdom, India, and the United States of America.
You can find important learnings & highlights of our research in this article. To download the full report Click Here.