Digital Learning Survey: Online Learning Likely to Gain Popularity

The internet has definitely had an impact on the way people learn. From online classes to the ability to simply look up a variety of facts on different subjects, it’s become a huge resource for information. In fact, today has even been designated as Digital Learning Day, a holiday created to call attention to the benefits of technology in the education process. How many people have taken advantage of these online learning methods?

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Online Classes

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 23% of respondents said they’ve taken multiple online classes. And 16% said they’ve taken just one online class. The majority of those who have taken online classes, 65%, took them as part of a college or university program. 17% have taken online classes for trade school or certification programs. Another 17% have taken online classes for general learning. 11% have taken high school courses online. And 8% have taken other types of online classes, such as work training courses.

Future Students

Looking forward, it seems that the popularity of online classes could grow even more. 34% of respondents said they are likely to take online classes for a college or university program in the future. 30% are likely to take online classes for a trade school or certification program. And 40% are likely to take online classes for general learning in the future.

General Learning

Formal classes aren’t the only methods for increasing knowledge using technology. In fact, 88% of respondents believe that the internet is a great resource for finding information about a variety of different topics. Another 88% said they often search online when they need to find a specific piece of information. 77% think that they learn a lot from reading online articles and blog posts. And 74% believe they read a lot from watching videos online.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on March 12 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.