Indian Online Learners Report Greater Career and Educational Benefits as Compared to US & UK: Coursera Survey

Indian Online Learners Report Greater Career and Educational Benefits

Findings are part of the second Learner Outcomes Survey of online learners sampled from across the globe

New Delhi, Thursday, April 27: Coursera, one of the largest online education providers, has released the results of its 2017 Learner Outcomes Survey. The survey reveals the self-reported outcomes for people who have completed online courses on Coursera. The results come nearly two years after Coursera released the first version of a similar survey reporting widespread career and educational impact of online courses for Indians.

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The results of the 2017 survey reveal that Indian online learners are continuing to report similar or even greater benefits compared to the 2015 survey. Among working professionals and job seekers (“career builders”), 89% of Indian learners reported career benefits compared to 84% globally, 84% in the US and 86% in the UK. In India, 46% of career builders reported to have become better in their job, and 39% reported to have improved their candidacy for a new job.

Interesting facts about online learners:

> 89% of online learners seeking career outcomes reported benefits
> 98% of online learners seeking educational outcomes reported benefits
> 83% of online learners reported gaining confidence
> Online learners with less formal education and of lower SES* more likely to report tangible career benefits

“Since Coursera launched five years ago, online learning has transformed from an experiment in MOOCs to a widely accepted choice among Indians looking to acquire new skills. Over two million Indians have registered on Coursera to date, and we continue to see impressive growth in the country. The survey results underscore that Indians find taking online courses to be life-transforming, giving them the competitive edge necessary to make ambitious career choices,” said Nikhil Sinha, Chief Business Officer, Coursera.

According to the survey findings, 98% of Indian learners seeking educational outcomes reported benefits, also higher than the global average (93%). Indians were much more likely than learners in other markets to report benefits such as gaining knowledge, deciding on an area of study, or earning credits.

The most valuable benefits of online learning are not always tangible. Interestingly, 83% of Indians who completed online courses reported “gaining confidence” compared to 72% of people globally.

“Coursera offers Indians the opportunity to access courses from universities that most would never have the opportunity to learn from in any other way. The knowledge and confidence that they gain from this experience can have a major impact on their lives leading to greater earning potential or to finding more fulfillment in their careers,” added Sinha.

The Coursera Learner Outcomes Survey is based on 13,917 survey responses globally and 756 in India from learners who completed a course on Coursera from March 2015 through June 2016 (responses collected March 2016 to Dec 2016).
See the attached infographic for more data on the outcomes experienced by Indians in online learning.

*SES, or socioeconomic status, is evaluated as a combination of factors including income, level of education, and occupation. SES was self-reported by survey respondents.

About Coursera

Coursera is an online education company that partners with 150 of the world’s top universities and education institutions to offer courses, Specializations, and degrees that empower learners around the world to achieve their career, educational, and personal enrichment goals throughout their lives. Since launching in 2012, the company has grown to 25 million registered learners who can choose among 2,000 courses and 180 Specializations available to enroll in at any time.

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