People Can’t Get Enough

By Gwen Moran

People can’t get enough of these online classes right now

Online learning is having a moment.

With stay-at-home orders lingering for months, some of the leaders in online courses and programs have seen dramatic spikes in people learning from home. LinkedIn recently announced that, in the first week of April alone, people watched 1.7 million hours of learning content on LinkedIn Learning. Udemy enrollments had a 425% spike overall and an 80% increase in business consumption. During the 30-day period ending May 20, Coursera saw nearly 300% more course enrollment than for the same period in 2019.

Many have more free time because they’re not commuting, have suffered a job loss, or have curtailed their social lives, and people are looking for something to do, says Shelley Osborne, vice president of learning at Udemy, an online course provider. “They’re accessing learning because it seems like a productive, positive thing to do with their lives.”

Certain online lessons are seeing a wild spike in interest right now, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. Interesting trends have emerged both in terms of popular subject areas and the communities that online learners are building.

Originally published on June 10, 2020