50+ eLearning & Digital Education Statistics (2020)

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eLearning has really taken off in the past few years. Thanks to the internet, more people than ever can pursue an education at their own pace, and the entire eLearning industry has risen to fill that demand.

The total value of the global eLearning market is expected to grow to $325 billion by 2025 [1]. The shift from physical in-class instruction to digital learning signals an important shift in the education sector.

As a nod to the impressive growth of this sector in recent years, we put together this list of 50+ important eLearning and digital education statistics.

These facts and figures will give you a snapshot of the current state of the eLearning landscape and ways to incorporate successful strategies into your eLearning business or apply eLearning to your business.

Elearning Statistics

General eLearning Statistics

The Global eLearning Market Is Expected to Grow to $243 Billion by 2022
  • The Global eLearning Market Is Expected to Grow to $243 Billion by 2022
    • eLearning has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Digital education and eLearning industries had a total value of $46 billion in 2016 and will grow to $243 billion by 2022 [2].
  • The eLearning Industry Has Grown by 900% since 2000
    • The advent of the internet has caused a massive explosion in distance learning. eLearning rates have grown by a staggering 900% in the past 20 years [3].
  • The US and Europe Make Up the Majority of the Global eLearning Industry
    • Most eLearning activity is focused in the US and Europe. The US and Europe collectively contain 70% of the world’s eLearning market [3].
  • Asia Is Currently Experiencing the Fastest eLearning Growth
    • The Asia-Pacific region has the fastest growing eLearning market. eLearning revenues in the Asia-Pacific market are expected to grow by 20% annually [3].
  • eLearning courses produce 86% Fewer Greenhouse Gases
    • Given that eLearning can be done remotely, there is no need for students to commute. The reduced travel time cuts carbon emissions. A single eLearning course can produce up to 86% less Co2 emissions than a comparable in-person course [3].
  • eLearning Courses Can Be Completed 60% Faster Than In-Person Courses
    • eLearning also seems to be more time-efficient. eLearning courses can be completed up to 60% faster than a normal semester-long course since students can go at their own pace [4].
  • 70% of Organization Offer Mobile eLearning
    • Thanks to smartphones, people can learn while on the go. Almost 70% of organizations offer eLearning through mobile portals and applications [3].
  • The Mobile eLearning Market Is Expected to $38 Billion by the End of 2020
    • As more education institutions offer mobile learning, more people are taking up the offer. Mobile eLearning revenue is projected to surpass $38 billion by the end of 2020 [5].
  • The Self-Paced eLearning Industry Is Expected to Decrease to $33.5 Billion by 2021
    • Despite the fact that the wider eLearning market is growing, the growth of the self-paced eLearning industry has stalled. The self-paced eLearning market is expected to decrease to $33.5 billion by 2021 [6].

eLearning Statistics for Businesses

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  • 77% of Companies Used eLearning in 2017
    • Companies rely on eLearning to train employees. Some 77% of companies in 2017 said they used eLearning to cut training times and consolidate training [6].
  • 40% of Fortune 500 Companies Utilize eLearning
    • There is a correlation between eLearning usage and successful companies. Nearly 2 in 5 of Fortune 500 companies utilize eLearning for at least a portion of their staff [3].
  • 93% of Companies Say They Plan to Adopt Online Learning
    • If a company does not already have online learning they will soon adopt it. 93% of surveyed businesses say they plan to add online learning in the near future [5].
  • Large Companies Make Up 30% of LMS Buyers
    • The largest group that buys learning management system (LMS) software is large companies. 1 in  of all LMS sales go to large companies [5].
  • 98% of Small Businesses Use Video-Based Training Programs
    • Most companies already incorporate some form of eLearning. Over 98% of all small businesses used some kind of video-educational software for training [5].
  • 72% of Businesses Say That eLearning Give Them a Competitive Advantage
    • Businesses like eLearning as it helps them perform well. Almost 3 in 4 businesses say they use eLearning because it gives them an advantage [6].
  • 42% of Companies Who Use eLearning Generate More Income than Average
    • eLearning is good for company revenue too. Over 4 in 10 companies that use eLearning produce higher returns than comparable companies that do not take advantage of eLearning [7].
  • Companies that Use eLearning Experience 25% Higher Profits
    • eLearning increases revenue and profit margins. Out of a survey of over 2,500 companies, companies that use eLearning for their employees have an average of 25% higher profits than those that do not [7].
  • Companies That Use eLearning Have 218% Higher Revenue per Employee
    • As is to be expected from increased revenue, eLearning increases revenue per employee. eLearning increases average employee-generated revenue by almost 218% [6].
  • Every Dollar Spent on eLearning Generate a $30 Increase in Productivity
    • eLearning has a fantastic ROI for companies, Studies have found that for every dollar a company invests in eLearning protocols, they make back $30 in productivity [6].
  • eLearning Improves Employee Productivity by 15%-25%
    • Given that eLearning increases revenue, it is reasonable to assume it increases employee productivity. Studies show that allowing eLearning increases employee productivity by as much as 15%-25% [8].
  • eLearning Increases Employee Engagement by Up to 18%
    • eLearning is also good for employee morale. Employees that partake in eLearning are on average 18% more engaged than those who do not [4].
  • eLearning Increases Employee Retention Rates by 25%-50%
    • When employees are allowed to learn at their own pace, they are more likely to stick around a company. Companies that allow eLearning for employees experience a 25%-50% higher retention rate [8].
  • The US Government Spends More Than $2.5 Billion on eLearning Each Year
    • The US government is one of the largest purchasers of eLearning services. Based on the most recent data, the US government spent over $2.5 billion on eLearning materials for staff and administrators last year [6].
  • 39% of Millenials Want to See More eLearning in the Workplace
    • Millennials are likely to appreciate eLearning at work. Almost 4 in 10 millennials express that they wish their companies would introduce more eLearning opportunities at work [9].
  • C-Level Executive Have the Highest eLearning Participation Rates
    • eLearning is focused on different employee levels. About 65% of LMS participants in businesses are C-level executives and 35% are managers [5].
  • 58% of Employees Prefer to Learn at Their Own Pace
    • One benefit of eLearning is that it allows workers to cover material at their own pace. In fact, over half of all employees say they prefer to engage with eLearning at their own pace instead of following a predefined schedule [5].

eLearning in Academia Statistics

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  • 6 in 10 US Education Faculty Support eLearning Resources
    • Many educators are opening up to the new model of education that eLearning brings. 65% of US-based educators say that they support more open educational resources for their students [6].
  • Over 40% of College Students Say eLearning is Helpful
    • Students seem to enjoy eLearning as well. 4 in 10 college students say that eLearning is extremely helpful for doing homework in their classes [2].
  • 36% of College Students Find eLearning Useful for Managing Their Course Schedules
    • Aside from homework help, eLearning helps students stay organized. Over 3 in 10 of all college students say that eLearning is extremely helpful for keeping track of their class schedules [2].
  • 81% of College Students Say eLearning Helps With Their Grades
    • Lastly, eLearning seems to help students perform better in class. Over 8 in 10 college students say that eLearning resources have helped them improve their grades [2].
  • 1 in 2 Students Took Part in eLearning Last Year
    • eLearning has already made its way into school curricula. Approximately 50% of students in the US have engaged in some form of eLearning in school within the past year [3].
  • Online Learning for Students Grew by 46% Through 2013-2015
    • Every year the number of students who use online learning increases. Even between the years of 2013-2015, the number of students engaged in online learning grew by 46%. 
  • BlackBoard Is the Most Popular LMS Provider in North America
    • Blackboard has the largest market share of LMS companies in the US and Canada. Over 30% of all educational institutions use BlackBoard [3].
  • MIT Has the Largest Online Open Course Catalog
    • EdX is a platform created by Harvard and MIT and is the largest open course catalog in the world. Users can access collegiate-level courses from over 30 universities worldwide, all for free [4].
  • There Were Over 6.5 Million Distance Learners in 2017
    • Distance learners digitally commute to courses, most of which are facilitated by LMS software. In 2017, there were approximately 6,651,536 million distance learners earning degrees at post-secondary institutions [10].
  • Women Are More Likely to Enroll in Distance Learning
    • Women seem to be more likely to take advantage of distance learning. 17% of women compared to 13.6% of men pursue distance learning [10].
  • 64% of Full-time College Faculty Teach Remote Courses
    • Most college professors are already experienced working with online courses. Over 3 out of every 5 college professors have taught online courses before [11].
  • Online Courses Have a 72% Completion Rate
    • Remote classes also have comparable completion rates to traditional in-person classes. Online classes boast a 72% completion rate while in-person course have a 75% completion rate [11].
  • Online Course Increase Student Retention 5x
    • Online courses can also give higher retention than in-person courses. Students can complete 5 times as much work in an hour with online courses than they do with in-person courses [6].
  • The Average Online Learner Is 32
    • Many older students take advantage of online learning because of flexible scheduling. The average online learner is about 32 years old [12].
  • Over Half of Online Learners Are Part-Time Students
    • Similarly, many online students have part-time schedules. Approximately 54% of online learners at post-secondary institutions study on a part-time basis [12].
  • Online Courses Have a Lower Student/Teacher Ratio
    • Online courses still manage reasonable class sizes, despite their growth in popularity. The average student/teacher ratio for online classes is 25:1 [12]
  • 22% of Graduate Students Earn Their Degrees Online
    • More grad students study online compared to undergrads. 22% of students pursuing a graduate degree are full-time online students compared to only 11% of those pursuing an undergraduate degree [12].

Online Course Statistics

Total revenue from online course industry was 46 billion in 2018
  • Total Revenue from the Online Course Industry Was $46 Billion in 2018
    • Online courses have had a great past few years. Total revenue from the online course industry was $46 billion in 2018 [13].
  • Udemy Is the Top Course Platform for eLearning
    • There are several organizations that specialize in creating platforms for people to create educational content. Udemy is the most popular eLearning platform and has over 20,000 content creators and 12 million students [3].
  • Teachable Is the Second Most Popular
    • Teachable is another popular course creation platform. Teachable currently has more than 3 million students and 20,000 individual courses [3].
  • Kajabi Is One of The Fastest Growing Course Creation Platforms.
    • Kajabi powers almost 10,000 websites that either sells online courses or other digital products.
  • There Are Over 100 Million Registered MOOC Learners
    • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) allow people to take courses at their leisure for free. There are over 100 million learners registered in open online courses [14].
  • The Top Course Creators on Skillshare Can Earn Over $40,000 Annually
    • Creating online courses does not have to be just a hobby. Several creators make a living selling online courses. The top course creators can make over $40k a year [3].
  • The Most Popular Course Platform in India Is Tata Interactive Systems
    • India’s two most popular online course platforms are Classteacher Learning Systems and Tata Interactive Systems [3].
  • The Average Salary for Professional eLearning developers is $79,526
    • Learning management systems can be a viable career. That average salary for an LMS developer is $79,525, almost $20k higher than the national average annual salary [15].

Conclusions

So there you have it, some of the most important statistics related to online learning and digital education. The world of online learning is not expected to slow down anytime soon as more people than ever have the means to pursue an education via the internet. 

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Noel Griffith
Noel Griffith
Noel Griffith is a Doctor of Philosophy with a strong interest in educational research and remote learning.