How Are People Globally Benefiting from Online Learning Infographic

How Are People Globally Benefiting from Online Learning Infographic

How Are People Globally Benefiting from Online Learning Infographic

People all over the world are turning to online learning to achieve their goals. Coursera asked learners who have completed courses about their career and educational outcomes.

In 2015, Coursera published results from their first Learner Outcomes Survey in the Harvard Business Review in collaboration with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington. The 2015 survey revealed that people around the world were benefitting from online learning in a number of ways, from starting a new career to gaining credit towards a degree.

To hold theirselves accountable for building upon this favorable impact, Coursera made the Learner Outcomes Survey a permanent part of their platform experience: every learner, anywhere in the world, who completes a course now receives a survey a few months later.

And since a lot has changed on Coursera since 2015 – they have gone from 90 active courses on their platform to 2,000, and more than doubled the size of our learner community – we decided it was time for another deep dive into the data.

Insights from Coursera’s 2017 Learner Outcomes Survey

  • Career and educational benefits remain high: 84 percent of career-focused learners who completed courses reported career benefits; and among education seekers, 93 percent reported educational benefits. These numbers remain consistent with the survey results we reported in 2015.
  • Many also report personal benefits: To better understand the less-tangible but still valuable benefits of completing an online course, we’ve added new questions about personal growth to our survey. Our recent analysis found that 72 percent of learners who completed a course reported gaining confidence, and nearly 50 percent reported benefits from connecting with peers around the world.
  • Less-advantaged learners benefit more: Learners seeking career and educational advancement were more likely to report benefits if they came from developing economies, hadn’t completed a bachelor’s degree, or were of lower socioeconomic status.

See also: The Growth of Coursera Infographic


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