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Research suggests that virtual learning is the most popular method for adults

New unweighted research on virtual learning, commissioned by learning management system provider Digits, has shown that watching online videos and taking online courses are now the most popular learning methods in the UK.

On average, more than one in four of the 2,000 respondents say they enjoy learning via video and Internet courses more (29% and 28%, respectively), while face-to-face options, such as in-person lessons with others in attendance, and individual tutoring, were favored by less than one in four people (23% and 19% respectively).

“We have shown that we can do much more virtually and remotely than we ever thought possible just a few years ago.” – Bradley Burgoyne, Digits Head of Talent

There are also stark generational gaps between how different age groups enjoy learning new things. Research suggests that baby boomers are three times less likely than Gen Z and millennials to have specific requirements on how and where they like to learn.

Over two-fifths (43%) of respondents aged over 55, compared to only one in seven (14%) of those aged 16 to 34, say they have “no particular learning method that like more”. More than a quarter (29%) of Generation X, aged 45 to 54, say the same.

Commenting on the findings, Bradley Burgoyne, Head of Talent at Digits, said: “I don’t think the effects of the pandemic and the seismic change it has had on society as a whole can be underestimated.

“We have shown that we can do much more virtually and remotely than we ever thought possible just a few years ago. It has changed the way we interact with each other on many levels and, as a ripple effect, the way we want to interact and experience learning and development, both professionally and personally. “

What do people choose to learn?

Based on Digits results, the top five most requested online courses, based on average monthly UK search volumes, are Microsoft, Angular (for building mobile and desktop web applications), Microsoft Excel, data analytics and JavaScript.

The Digits Virtual Learning Report is available for viewing at https://www.digits.co.uk/virtual-learning-statistics. The findings are based on an unweighted survey of 2,000 people in the UK over the age of 16, conducted by Censuswide for Digits, in January 2022.


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Research suggests that virtual learning is the most popular method for adults

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