Online Learning Update

January 21, 2021

The Other Surge: Online Learning Leaps in Lockdowns

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Class Central

Online learning is booming as a productive use of otherwise idle time during COVID-19 lockdowns. According to a new report from Class Central, the world’s most popular catalog of free online courses, major providers of massive open online courses (MOOCs) have recorded 180 million learners, making 2020 the most consequential year for MOOCs since their inception in 2011. One-fifth of the 100 most popular free online courses launched in 2020 are directly related to COVID-19. The top course, with over 1 million enrollments, is Johns Hopkins’ “COVID-19 Contact Tracing,” followed by Harvard’s “Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19,” with 300,000 enrollments.

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