Online Learning Is Now Seen in Positive View Among Learners, Wiley Says

IBL News | New York

The vast majority — 94% — of online learners have a positive view of online learning, up from 86% before the pandemic, and 83% said they would learn online again. Among graduated online learners, 87% reported achieving an outcome — i.e., a salary increase — they can attribute to their degree.

These are the main findings of the 11th annual Voice of the Online Learner report, based on a national survey of 2,500 adult responders, issued by Wiley last week. [Download Report in PDF]

The Hoboken, New Jersey-based, 200 years-old, educational company Wiley highlights that positive attitudes toward online learning have increased to their highest levels among learners.

“Those individuals who engage in online learning overwhelmingly have a positive experience; they also see real value in the results they achieve through online education, which allow them to advance in their career,” said Todd Zipper, Wiley’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of University Services and Talent Development.

Motivated by career outcomes, online learners mention as factors improving their job prospects and advancing, starting, or changing their careers.

Respondents feel their employer benefits don’t cover enough tuition and worry about having to pay back their employer if they leave the company before finishing their program.

The majority of students still prefer a university less than 50 miles from where they live. More than one-third said being close to their physical campus was important or very important, mainly for two reasons: to attend their graduation ceremony and to connect with their professors.