2020 was a year where a lot changed. But for the 1.5 billion students affected by the pandemic, the urgent need to adapt to remote learning resulted in an eLearning revolution.

In this article, we’ll take a look at what changed for remote education during 2020. 

60% of UK university students engaged with online, desk-based learning 

The Office for National Statistics reported around two-thirds of university students had engaged with tutors online. Or, they used online learning tools as the basis for their study. 

Also, 80% of students in higher education felt confident they had the right equipment to engage with remote learning.  

180 million students in 950 universities used MOOCs to access learning

The use of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) to support remote learning has grown. But in 2020 it exploded. Across the globe, 180 million students in 950 universities accessed remote learning through a MOOC.

46% of 16 – 24-year-olds in Britain used online learning materials 

A poll of around 2,000 individuals across the UK showed younger people in higher education had the highest engagement levels when it came to using online learning materials,

Across all demographics, more people used online learning materials than online courses. 

74% of secondary schools used live video to deliver lessons

A survey by YouGov revealed live video as the most popular way to deliver remote education for primary pupils. 74% of teachers in secondary schools used live video, followed by 67% who used a blending learning approach to overcome the challenges of remote teaching. 
With so much change to adapt to in 2020, almost 90% of teachers said their school offered them support or training to work with digital education tools.

Teacher responses to the question ‘Has your school offered training or learning resources on how to use remote education  tools to any of the following?’ 

Percentage that said “Yes”

New online school facilitated 20 million lessons between April and July 

In April, Oak National Academy launched as an online, direct-response learning resource for teachers and pupils across the country. And while Oak had already begun to emerge as an online learning solution for parents, teachers, and children, it soon became the ‘go-to’ eLearning schools resource during national lockdowns. 

In a few short months to July 2020, students and pupils in Key Stage 2 or below received more than 15 million lessons.

EdTech’s global value increased to $227 billion 

The value of global EdTech expanded to almost $250bn in 2020. And predictions suggest it could grow by over 70% in 2025

Despite this growth, this figure amounts to 4% of all expenditure budgets for the education sector. In other words, the education sector grossly underspent on digital resources (hardware, eLearning, apps) last year compared to physical assets or labour costs. Plus, it lags behind other global sectors in the amount of investment made in digital resources.   

But this is set to change. And by the time we come to report back on 2021, we expect spending on remote education technology to have increased to predicted levels.