Today, India is struggling with two major challenges of unemployability and skill-gap, and lack of quality education and hands-on learning is not helping with the fact. To cope with the same, the students of India are turning to e-learning (through MOOCs, online trainings and courses). With rising awareness, students find online learning to be one of the best ways to explore their interests, pick up new skills, gain practical experience, and become career-ready.
Why online learning?
In addition to providing high quality education, online learning offers affordable and accessible learning to the students. How? E-learning brings quality learning material from subject matter experts and academicians to the comfort of their homes and provides the learners, a flexibility to learn anytime and anywhere. Additionally, online learning costs only a fraction of what students are expected to pay at offline coaching centres.
In order to help those students who wish to learn new skills and become job-ready, we have compiled the following e-learning trends, the data for which has been taken from Internshala Trainings.
- 6x growth in students opting for e-learning: Over the span of 3 years (from 2015 to 2018), the number of students pursuing online learning has increased by six times. The reason behind this the rise in awareness among students regarding their careers and how they could build a resume with relevant skills and experience in order to stand out among their peers and land their dream jobs.
- Top 5 in-demand online trainings: With the advent of technology and the rise of startups, a lot of exciting career opportunities are being created in the fields of engineering and management. As a result of this, students are actively learning skills like Web Development, Python Programming, Android App Development, Digital Marketing, and C/C++ Programming.
- Reasons why students opt e-learning: The major reasons why students are taking up online trainings are to gain a new skill (40% learners), to improve their prospects of getting an internship or a job in the future (34% learners), and to build academic or hobby projects. Apart from this, students also pursue e-learning to gain certifications to add to their resume or to fulfil their college requirements.
- Female candidates are also actively pursuing e-learning:In India, especially in tier-2 and 3 cities, often female candidates find it difficult to travel distances to learn new skills in good coaching centres. E-learning has given them an opportunity to gain in-demand skills from the comfort of their homes as a result of which we have found that 44% of the online learners is comprised of female candidates.
- 60% users prefer learning through desktop/laptops:Even though nowadays, students are more active on their mobiles, they still prefer learning through laptops/desktops as it provides better visibility and a better environment for hands-on learning.
- Popular months to pursue online courses:It is common for the students to utilise their summer and winter vacations to learn new skills which is why the most popular months among learners are summer months of April, May, and June, and the winter month of December.
- Average time spent on e-learning per day: The average spent on online learning is approximately two hours every day. In addition to this, students are mostly active between 5:00-11:00 PM as they either have to attend college during the day or pursue an internship.
Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala, an internships and trainings platform.