Learner Perspectives on Online Education
Recent trends and data from a variety of outlets shed light on some of the characteristics and motivations of online learners.
- According to new research, learners of all types are increasingly interested in flexibility and quality digital experiences. Working professionals who are looking to advance their careers and expand industry knowledge are particularly in favor of online learning.
- Although a significant proportion of AACSB schools offer online, hybrid, and multimodal formats across their degree and non-degree programs, face-to-face learning remains the predominant delivery method.
- Across all learner types, program cost, field of study, and flexibility are critical considerations for selecting educational programs.
This infographic incorporates insights from various thought leaders to create an engaging visual representation of learner views on online learning:
- AACSB data on student enrollment and program offerings collected through AACSB’s 2021–22 Business School Questionnaire Programs Module are available to members in DataDirect.
- Data on prospective business school students come from GMAC’s Prospective Students Survey—2022 Summary Report.
- Information on undergraduate and graduate students comes from Voice of the Online Learner 2022, a Wiley research report.
- Insights on lifelong learners from the vantage point of employees seeking additional education come from The Future of Lifelong and Executive Education, a joint study by CarringtonCrisp and LinkedIn.
- The Salesforce Connected Student Report shares what students value as they prepare for the future of work.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Goals of Digital Transformation" infographic provides data on senior administrators’ views about the digital future.