We have all had to adapt in recent years and that has meant our education system has been forced to be restructured. The traditional classroom setting has had to change rapidly, and online learning has been on the rise ever since. More and more students and schools are transitioning to online learning and enrollment has never been higher.
This raises the question ‘How does online learning compare to traditional learning?’ Stick around to find out the top education statistics and facts in 2022.
Top In-Person Vs Online Learning Statistics & Trends in 2023
A report from the University of Potomac has found a large percentage of its students prefer online learning over a traditional learning setting. This preferred way of distance learning is based on advantages like reduced expenses, time-saving allowing learning to fit around your schedule and by using technology, you become more tech-savvy than ever.
3. Since 2020, 98% of Universities have moved its classes online
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education was quickly moved online and remote learning has now become the norm. This education revolution was already starting well before the pandemic due to technology changes and student behavior, but the pandemic accelerated this change, and it’s here to stay.
4. 77% of academic leaders believe online education is equal or superior to learning in the classroom
A survey by Babson College Board found that nearly 80% of academic leaders believe online learning is equal or superior to traditional learning. Over 69% of chief academic officers believe online learning is a critical part of the long-term education strategy.
5. Elearning can help students retain between 25% and 60% more information
The rates of retaining information have increased with online learning because learners have more control over their distance learning experience with the ability to go back and revisit video classes or their online course material at a touch of a button.
6. 95% of online students said they would recommend online education to others
Online learning can help reduce the use of raw materials like plastic, wood and metals as there is no need to construct or expand schools and educational institutions. As well as that, it reduces the food waste and disposable lunch products of students and teachers. So, it’s a no-brainer really that online learning is more sustainable and helps generate less carbon dioxide as a whole.
8. Global E-learning Market to reach USD $457.8 billion by 2026
Online learning is one of the most important parts of the modern educational system. The global elearning market is growing at a rapid rate in every corner of the world. So whether you are an elementary student, a K 12 student, in higher education or part of a company and online training, it is very likely you have been introduced to online learning.
9. Elearning requires 40% to 60% less time learning than traditional classrooms
Online learning is definitely more time effective than traditional face-to-face teaching when you consider the time it takes you to commute to and from the classroom, plus the typical overrunning of a typical class. If you are looking for a more productive and time effective way of learning than remote learning from the comfort of your own home is the one.
10. An online degree is more than $10K cheaper than a traditional on campus degree
A report from the Education Data Initiative that looked at 4 year degrees in US public colleges considered tuition costs, living costs, food, school supplies combined and found that an online degree worked out at $10,776 cheaper than an in-person degree.
11. 60% of US graduates choose an online program because of its affordability
A survey by Research.com of 1,500 online graduates and undergraduates found that the top factors for choosing an online program from an online community college due to its affordability, closely followed by the reputation of the school/program and the quickest path to getting the qualification.
12. 63% of educational institutions made significant investments supporting online learning in 2020
The National Education Policy Center Report 2021 found that the graduation rates of K-12 was significantly lower with just 54.6% of virtual schools and 64.3% in blended schools when the overall average of national graduation rate is 85%.
18. 15% of US households with school-age children do not have internet at home
A report from the Pew Research Center has found that 15% of US households with children aged between 6 and 17 do not have a high-speed internet connection at home. These findings coincide with the annual household income with the majority of the 15% being from households earning less than $30K a year.
19. Americans with lower incomes have less technology adoption
The Pew Research Center report of 2021 has highlighted that household incomes of less than $30K a year found 24% don’t have a smartphone, 43% don’t have a desktop or laptop and 4 in 10 adults do not have broadband services.
20. The Covid-19 Pandemic shut down schools for 1.6 billion students in its peak
Schools were closed for an average of 4.5 months, affecting an estimated 1.6 billion students and creating what the United Nations has called the largest disruption to education in history. Even 2 years into the pandemic, 48 countries had not yet fully reopened their schools, according to the UN cultural organization UNESCO.
Pros & Cons of In-Person Learning
Ask Questions: When you have direct contact with your teacher or lecturer, it makes it easier to ask questions, and you are more likely to engage in a discussion or conversation.
Community: It is more likely you will build relationships and friendships in a face-to-face learning in a traditional classroom setting, there is the opportunity for conversation in and out of the classroom.
Hands-on learning: In a classroom environment the style of learning is a lot more hands on and interactive.
Less Distraction: Depending on the set-up you have at home, for some, learning in a traditional classroom setting is less distracting, and it’s easier to focus.
Cost: This has to be the most obvious downside about learning on campus, the significant difference in cost. An online program will save you thousands.
Time-consuming: When you consider the distance you would need to travel and the chances of lectures getting delayed or overrunning it is undoubtedly that in-person learning will take more time.
Less Flexibility: Learning in a traditional setting will mean set classes on set days and times and if you are someone who wants learning to work around your already existing schedule, it will be difficult to combine the two.
Distracting: Learning in a classroom setting can be a lot more distracting, making it harder to focus and get the most out of learning.
Pros & Cons of Online Learning
Affordability: This has to be the most obvious and beneficial perk of online learning. The fact that you don’t need to travel or move the campus, plus the cost of food, books and school supplies make a positive impact on your bank balance.
Time Saving: The fact that you can learn from the comfort of your own home and in many cases at a time that suits you, means you don’t have to ever consider travel time when learning.
Range of Courses: One of the obvious advantages is the number of courses or learning programs on offer when you choose to study online. Platforms like Coursera offer more than 5,400 courses from world-class Universities.
Tech Savvy: Distance learning with an online course or online class naturally means you use technology more frequently than you would if learning in a traditional classroom, naturally making you more tech-savvy.
Sustainable: Online learning is a much more environmentally friendly than on-campus learning. There are a number of reasons it is better for the planet: no need for commuting and transport and less likely to print materials.
Lack of self-motivation: It’s not always easy being self-motivated, especially when you are working from home alone, it requires a lot of self-discipline.
No Social Interaction: One of the most obvious disadvantages is the lack of social interaction. Many online learning courses do offer the option of joining an online community, but it isn’t quite the same as face-to-face conversations and peer socializing.
Technical difficulties: Technology isn’t always perfect and the chance you may run into technical difficulties like a video lesson freezing or loss of audio.
If you are interested in taking an online learning course or program and not sure where to get started, then feel free to check out our article on Best Online Learning Platforms.
Online Learning Vs Traditional Learning Statistics: Last Thoughts
With all these education statistics as well as the pros and cons, it’s hard to choose one or another. I think it’s important to consider the individual person and their circumstances like age, income, purpose of learning.
But what we can’t deny is that online learning is on the rise, and it is providing access to learning to more people than ever globally. Like anything in this life, both styles of learning have their pros and cons.
Some key takeaways of online learning vs traditional learning:
More affordable than an on-campus program
Time Saving and Flexibility
Lack of social contact and community
Less opportunity to ask questions
How effective is online learning than face to face?
A study by IBM has found that students learn five times more with online learning material due to the fact they have full control over their learning and able to work at their own pace.
Do students learn more online or in person?
The majority of studies have shown that retention rates for online students are much higher than for traditional, in-person students. Online learning gives more access to the students, which means they are more likely to finish the online course or program.
How fast is online learning growing?
There are some parts of the world where online learning is growing as fast as 20% annually. Online learning is a cost-effective way for people to access training and education.
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to help you out.
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Very informative article. In this modern era, most people choose to learn for so many reasons and advantages. Your detailed statistical report on online vs traditional training helps to learn more about the current state. It’ll be useful to choose a better method to learn because you have clearly explained the pros and cons of the two learning methods.
Thank you, Jennifer, for your comment. So true it’s important to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of both methods of learning, to help decide which one is best 🙂
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Thanks for the Informative information. I’m a student and my personal opinion is that Online Class is better than traditional class
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You mentioned in your post that since the COVID-19 outbreak, higher education has quickly shifted online, and remote learning has become the standard. I would also like to enroll in my elementary online because I don’t want to risk my daughter’s health. Even after the pandemic, I’m unsure if I want her to get exposed to more people because it means more chances of getting infected with other diseases and bacteria. Aside from that, I have observed the technological development that is more on the internet.