Teachers and students were recently able to browse online learning websites together. This more natural way of exploring the platforms was welcomed as students had previously been required to type in searches on apps.
How Much Percent Of The Population Use Online Learning Websites
By: Lauren Dazda, Lover of Great Writing and Comics, Prone to Aesthetics, and a Field Observer of Defense Myself
My friend Nico suggested that I run a series on how many Americans learn or consume information online. This is such a critical issue for those in the industry. If the masses of people are not comfortable with digital content, future possibilities of how engaging and accessible education online is going to become are going to be harder to think about.
Let’s start with one question. Where does online education fall on the overall scale?
When it comes to online learning websites, they almost universally have reading, writing, or knowledge at the top of the list of what they focus on. This is surprising, because the people who visit these websites are not “computers.” They are the same people who read books and don’t want an eBook to show up on their primary computer. In other words, they are the type of person who’s curious about reading and learning.
Chances are, a lot of them actually want to read something more engaging, and then they stick around to talk to the instructor. The key takeaway from this simple statistic is that more than half the population of those who complete these online courses are interested in learning more and are also looking for more engaging experiences.
This question is also a bit crazy, and then not.
When it comes to online education, I feel like there is a miscommunication between what courses and classes are perceived as and what they actually are.
At Lover of Great Writing and Comics, the main focus for the majority of our students is craft writing, storytelling, and independent work. They know the basics of comic writing and storytelling, and know that it is incredibly difficult to make all of the links, keep it a real world perspective, and still stay true to the style that you wish to bring to a character. However, they could walk into most of our classes with about a ten minute overview of what they need to know and feel comfortable going into class, without the hope of having to look up what they need to know beforehand.
The courses that are perceived as being geared toward the masses, from large online universities like Northwestern and Stanford, are more often very niche and even few in number. They may not be in the hands of every American, but they are, as of now, the ones that seem to be targeted at the masses, and not the niche.
As to fees, the most common fee is for full-day courses and part-time classes, which I have always found to be a very misleading thing. I have been taught that full-day courses are for busy and rich people, but in reality, they are just starting to crop up in smaller numbers, and it was hard for me to see that it actually meant something different to a majority of people.
And this “you pay them for what you know” line of thinking is where it gets even more confusing. I have been taught that full-day courses are for adults who want to expand their horizons, but in reality, full-day courses are the very same thing as part-time courses; people are just choosing not to take half of a day as a part-time course, they are choosing to take a full-day course to have one so they can pick and choose a different subject from the teacher, and maybe enroll in more classes that day.
I feel like the one good thing about part-time courses is that the professor is with the students as they are taking them, even during online classes. If something hits them in class, they know how to tell whether or not they feel like they really went home from class and were stimulated or not, and they can share their own opinions with their professor. This information may not come out in person, but with online classes, they are open to more feedback from the teacher.
But the problem is that these online courses are the only educational options that most are looking for.