Digital learning platforms have revolutionized the education industry by providing online learning experiences that are flexible, affordable, and accessible. With the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the adoption of digital learning platforms, the market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.

In this blog post, we’ll explore digital learning platform statistics that you should know in 2022.

Key Digital Learning Platforms Statistics 2023 – MY Choice

  • The global e-learning market is projected to reach $375 billion by 2026.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of digital learning platforms, with a 59% increase in usage in the United States alone.
  • The global market for online language learning is expected to reach $21.2 billion by 2027.
  • The most popular e-learning platform in the world is Moodle, which is used by over 250 million users in 200 countries.
  • Coursera, one of the largest online learning platforms, has over 77 million registered users and offers over 4,000 courses.
  • The majority of online learners are aged between 18 and 29, with 33% of learners being enrolled in higher education programs.
  • Video-based learning is the most popular format, with 85% of learners preferring video content over text or audio.
  • The global market for corporate e-learning is expected to reach $31 billion by 2025.
  • The top three industries using digital learning platforms are education, healthcare, and technology.
  • Gamification is becoming increasingly popular in e-learning, with 90% of students reporting that game-based learning improved their knowledge retention.

Digital Learning Platforms Stats

Table 1: Digital Learning Platforms Benefits Statistics

US corporations benefiting from e-learning50%
Learners who see career benefits after taking time to learn94%
Learners who reported career benefits72%
Learners who reported educational benefits61%
Learners who find convenience, time savings, and lack of distraction as primary benefits of mobile learning75%
Learners who benefit from learning at their own pace64%
Learners who benefit from being in comfortable surroundings54%

Table 2: Digital Learning Platforms Usage Statistics

Weekly usage rate for tablets51%
Student device usage spent on education platforms40%
Fortune 500 companies utilizing e-learning40%

Table 3: Digital Learning Platforms Market Statistics

MOOC market worth$5.16 billion
Corporate e-learning market expected CAGR between 202011%
Open-source platform Moodle market share16.2%
Self-paced online learning market worth in the US in 2021$15.86 billion
CAGR of e-learning market growth in 20209.23%
Energy consumption reduced by online learning90%
US and Europe’s percentage of the world’s e-learning market70%
Mobile e-learning market expected worth by the end of 2021$38 billion
Markets with 30% annual market growthThailand, India, China, and the Philippines
Projected growth of the corporate online learning market by 2026$50 billion with an annual growth rate of 15%
Projected annual growth rate of MOOC market from 2020 to 202529%
Digital learning industry growth since 2000900%
Projected online learning industry worth in 2025 with an annual growth rate$325 billion, 16%

Market Size and Growth

  • The global digital education market size is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 33.1% from 2021 to 2026. (1)
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the digital education market, with a CAGR of 36.9% from 2021 to 2026. (2)
  • The global corporate e-learning market is expected to reach $50.4 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 15.1% from 2021 to 2026. (3)

Table 1: Market Growth

Earlier estimate$12 billion
Revised estimate$72.41 billion
Growth rate since 2000900%
Estimated annual growth (2020-2026)15%
Estimated net worth (by 2025)$25.33 billion

Table 2: LMS Market

Global LMS market value (2019)$8.76 billion
Expected global LMS market value (2027)$38.10 billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)19.7%
LMS market CAGR (Asia-Pacific region, 2019-2027)19.75%

Table 3: Digital Learning Platforms Adoption Statistics

Estimated annual growth15%
Global corporate online learning market (by 2026)$50 billion
US corporations using online learning (2017)77%
US corporations planning to incorporate online learning (by 2020)98%
Increase in retention rates with e-learning25%-60%
Increase in income for US organizations due to e-learning42%
Companies with “comprehensive training programs” have218% higher revenue per employee, 24% higher profit margins
High school students in the US using digital learning tools daily63%
Elementary school students in the US using at least one digital learning tool daily45%
American graduates using digital learning tools52%
Undergraduates using digital learning tools39%
Corporate e-learning taking less time to complete40%-60%
Expected growth rate of corporate e-learning (2017-2026)250%
Expected growth rate of corporate e-learning (2020-2026)15%
US companies offering learning opportunities via smartphones (2019)67%

Table 4: Digital Learning Platforms Latest Statistics

Expected annual growth rate (until 2025)32.09%
US college students finding digital study technologies extremely helpful for homework43%
US college students using laptops in the classroom during a typical week56%
US college students agreeing that digital learning technology helps improve grades81%
US teachers stating that lack of training is the biggest barrier to increasing use of educational tech in their classrooms41%
Students worldwide who have taken an online course in the preceding 12 months49%
Reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions with e-learning courses (compared to face-to-face)90%, 85%
Top LMS vendor (2018)Canvas (28.1%)
Second top LMS vendor (2018)Blackboard (26.8%)
Post-secondary school administrators planning to offer remote and online courses even after campuses reopen completely33%

Usage and Adoption

  • In 2020, 87% of US companies used online learning platforms for employee training. (4)
  • In 2021, the number of active users on edX, a popular MOOC platform, reached 39 million, up from 25 million in 2019. (5)
  • In 2020, Coursera, another popular MOOC platform, reported a 64% increase in registered learners. (6)
  • In 2021, LinkedIn Learning had 80 million registered users, with 2.5 million courses available. (7)

Table 1: Digital Learning Tools in the United States

Year% of Students Equipped with Digital Learning Tools

Table 2: Digital Learning Tools by Grade Level in the United States

Grade Level% of Students with Digital Learning Tools

Table 3: Online Learning Orientation in the United States

Year% of Online Classes Taken Without Orientation
2019Up to 70%

Table 4: Remote Management and Collaboration Apps in the United States

Year% Increase in Use

Table 5: Availability of Fulltime Classes in US Schools by Income District

Income District% of High Schools with Fulltime Classes

Table 6: Plan of US Schools for Complete Online Operation and Purchase of Technology

Year% of Schools Planning to Operate Completely Online% of Schools Planning or Purchased Additional Technology

Table 7: Enrollment in Distance or Online Learning in Higher Education in the United States

Year% of Students Enrolled in Distance or Online Learning% of Undergraduate Students Who Took at Least One Course Online% of Students Enrolled Exclusively in Distance Learning Schools

Table 8: Undergraduate Enrollment in the United States by Field of Study and Program Type

Year% of Students Enrolled in Business Classes% of Students Enrolled in Health and Medicine Classes% of Students Enrolled in Degree Programs% of Students Enrolled in Certification or Licensure Programs

Table 9: Graduate Enrollment in the United States by Program Type

Year% of Students Enrolled in Degree Programs% of Students Enrolled in Certification or Licensure Programs

Table 10: Distance Learning in Public Institutions in the United States

% of Students Enrolled in Public Institutions Who Took at Least One Distance Learning Course

Table 11: Universities’ Class Mode in the United States

Year% of Universities That Moved Classes Online

Benefits and Challenges

  • According to a survey, 90% of students reported that online learning is as good or better than traditional classroom learning. (8)
  • The adoption of digital learning platforms can reduce training time by up to 60%, according to a report by IBM. (9)
  • A study found that digital learning platforms can increase student retention rates by up to 60%. (10)
  • A challenge with digital learning platforms is maintaining student engagement, with a survey finding that 60% of students feel disconnected from their peers and instructors. (11)

Technology and Trends

  • The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in digital learning platforms is expected to grow significantly, with the market expected to reach $3.7 billion by 2027. (12)
  • Gamification is a growing trend in digital learning platforms, with a report stating that the gamification market size is expected to reach $30.7 billion by 2026. (13)
  • Microlearning, which involves short, bite-sized learning modules, is becoming increasingly popular, with the market expected to reach $2.7 billion by 2026. (14)
Institutions with a rise in revenueAround 42%
Retention rate of e-learning25% to 60%
Retention rate of one-on-one tutoring8% to 10%
Companies that conduct compliance training online28%
Increase in employee engagement with online learning18%
Institutions using Blackboard platform in the US and Canada (2017)30%
US learning institutions relying on online learning platforms75%
US students using online learning tools daily63%
American college learners who completed some or all of their course activity on mobile phones67%
Percentage of students who would have completed their studies online if given the chance12%
Increase in fully online degree enrollment from 2008 to 20163.8% to 10.6%
Women more likely to enroll in online learning17%
Global student population affected by COVID-19 closure70%
K-students attending classes through Tencent K student online class during pandemic81%
Increase in number of new students for Think and Learning App during pandemic200%
Percentage of students with access to gadgets in Norway, Switzerland95%
Percentage of students with access to gadgets in Indonesia34%
Percentage of unprivileged students with no access to gadgets25%
Countries adopting digital online learning process90%
Pre-primary education adopting digital online learning process60%
Percentage of students reached by TV during COVID-19 closure62%
Percentage of students reached by radio during COVID-19 closure16%
Countries using online platforms to ensure learning continued during COVID-19 closure83%
Percentage of students that cannot be reached by broadcast platform or internet31%
Percentage of students reached by broadcast or media for education due to government policies69%
Students preferring to receive frequent COVID-19 updates during pandemicMore than 70%
Colleges and schools in over 50 states affected by COVID-19More than 1200
Institutions fully adapting to online learning tools and platforms during pandemic44%
Institutions adopting a hybrid model of learning during pandemic21%
Institutions continuing with face-to-face learning during pandemic27%
Percentage of students with problems accessing online learning platformsUp to 20%
Students unaware of MOOC73%
North America’s contribution to the global MOOC market29.4%
MOOC users with a degree79%
MOOC users with a postgraduate degree44%
Students aged 5 to 17 taking an online school3.1%
Students using mobile phones to search for an online course87%
US students taking online courses physically located in the US99%
Top MOOC providers in 2019Available
Top MOOC providers in 2020Available
Percentage of student population taking online learning36%
Projected percentage of student population taking online learning by 202539%
Percentage of printing costs saved by training magazines through e-learningUp to 80%
Reduction in learning time for employees with e-learning compared to traditional learning60%
Energy consumption reduction with e-learning compared to physical training90%

Top Digital Learning Platforms

  • Coursera has over 100 million registered users and offers over 5,000 courses from over 200 universities. (15)
  • Udemy has over 40 million registered users and offers over 155,000 courses in over 65 languages. (16)
  • edX has over 39 million registered users and offers over 3,000 courses from over 140 institutions. (17)
  • LinkedIn Learning has over 16,000 courses available and offers personalized learning recommendations. (18)

Table 1: eLearning Industry Statistics

Revenue growth since 2000More than 900% [2]
Percentage of organizations that believe eLearning puts them at a competitive advantage72% [2]
Boost in employee engagement achieved through eLearning18% [2]
Percentage of millennials who chose their job because of training opportunities65% [1]
Percentage of faculty who support the use of Open Educational Resources (OER)More than 65% [5]
Percentage of faculty who support gamification39% [5]
Percentage of faculty who support Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)37% [9]
Percentage of US college dropout rateBetween 50% and 60% [13]
Percentage of students who turned to digital learning technologies, including eLearning43% [9]
Percentage of organizations that offer mobile learningMore than 67% [1]
Percentage of mobile users who believe that mobile learning enhances their experience99% [14]
Percentage of students who had taken part in some form of eLearning activity in the last 12 monthsMore than 49% [3]
Percentage of students who don’t know what a MOOC is73% [3]
Percentage of students who have taken a MOOC in the past year9% [7]
Percentage of students who earned a competency-based badge after interacting with MOOC and CBE11% [15]
Percentage of students who would use a competency-based digital badge on their resume19% [15]

Table 2: Online Learning Industry Statistics

Percentage of employees who are interested in personalized support and information on degree progress92% [15]
Percentage of students who want their instructors to enable them to use their laptop more in a learning context56% [15]
Percentage of students who use a laptop or desktop computer in the classroom on a weekly basisAbout 56% [15]
Percentage of students who took an online course in the last 12 months49% [15]
Percentage of L&D professionals who are expecting to increase their budget37% [1]
Percentage of L&D professionals who spend more time with online learning than they did three years ago57% [1]
Percentage of organizations who think their digital transformation of learning is complete15% [1]
Percentage of businesses who stated that converting to digital training did not apply to their organization4% in 2018, 0% by 2020 [1]
Increase in venture capital investments in European EdTech companies between 2014 and 2018540% [1]
CAGR of eLearning growth rate in the Asia Pacific regionMore than 3034.2% [1]
Percentage of L&D professionals who are planning to spend more on online learning57% [1]
Energy consumption reduction through online learning90% [1]
CO2 emissions reduction through online learning85% [1]
Employee time reduction through online learning40% to 60% [1]
Increase in retention rates through online learning compared to traditional classroom trainingUp to 60% compared to 8-10% [1]
Biggest motivators for employees to choose online learningIndividual learning pace (95%), Minimized

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