17 Eye-popping Infographics on e-Learning and Online Education

By Linda
June 27th, 2010

Information graphics about e-learning are just now moving upward from boring graphs into the world of more exciting visuals. That said, the majority of interesting information about elearning remains somewhat boring visually. So, a crossbreeding occurs — one in which these 17 eye-popping infographics on e-learning and online education can either pop your eyes out visually through great images or mentally through the amazing information provided to create the graphics.

  1. All About Video Games: Online Education has created a comprehensive infographic about the video game industry, providing updated statistics on consumer demographics, patterns, and ‘the console wars’. Most people understand that gaming is quite popular, but this infographic lays the facts out in the open. The only thing conspicuously missing is statistics on whether gamers are now using their video game consoles as entertainment centers.
  2. barriersBarriers to take-up of eLearning: This graph shows that people who are interested in eLearning still create barriers to using online learning materials. The largest barrier is the lack of interest in subjects, followed by resistance because an employer did not offer courses. The next barrier includes the resistance because the user was unsure whether or not online courses really could work for the individual.
  3. degreeseLearning in the USA: The Standard? The Benchmark? More than 3 million enrollments in online courses in the USA are reported by American sources. This graphic shows that the majority of those online degrees are in the associate level at 50 percent, followed by master’s degrees at 21 percent, then doctoral degrees, bachelor’s degrees and specialized degrees.
  4. NSWelearning Performance Benchmarking: This graph and a related slide show indicate that the elearning system in Australia — specifically New South Wales — is growing by leaps and bounds. Additionally, the graph shows that online graduates for courses would highly recommend online learning to their peers. Twelve elearning indicators were developed to measure the uptake, use and impact of e-learning in the vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia.
  5. JaneJane Hart’s Top 100 Tech Resources of 2008: Jane Hart (of Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day) has compiled a list of her 100 favorite resources (articles, postings, PDFs, presentations, etc) about learning tools and technologies in 2008. In one of the more interesting infographics shown here, she also produced this Wordle word cloud using the titles.
  6. Learning and performanceLearning & Performance Dashboard: Several graphs on this page show the projected growth of elearning, corporate learning expenditures, frequency of use of learning methodologies and productivity. From these charts, it appears that e-learning peaked in 2003, but that it is growing again, with expenditures increasing as well. This means that, going forward, the amount of learning that will take place on the internet is expected to continue to grow. This is great for a variety of persons, especially those who currently are pursuing education degrees, as their validity will only increase.
  7. College LifeOnline Education Facts Infographic: If you’re a modern college student, there is a good chance you’re taking a certain percentage of your classes online, regardless of the school you’re attending. In fact, the odds are that you’re probably going to take at least one online-only class before you graduate. College Life did some research and found these facts about the growth and future of online education and put them into a cool little infographic. If you like it, you can copy the link and put it on your own blog.
  8. elearnersQuality in e-Learning from a Learner’s Perspective: This article describes learners’ preferences in e-learning based on empirical results of today’s largest survey in this field. Several graphs qualify and quantify the elearners’ experiences from perspective, quality of services and individual management experiences. The article concludes that future quality development in e-learning has to be oriented at the learners needs and situation.
  9. IndiaSize of Indian eLearning Industry: Custom Content: In the absence of any formal body like NASSCOM, the Indian eLearning Industry is virtually devoid of any official figures or statistics. All pointers to the size of this industry are mostly guesstimates. Relying upon information provided by friends through this industry, an accurate image of the true size of the industry came to light which is represented here through these charts provided by The Learned Man.
  10. student budgetStudent Budget: This is another information graphic that does not pertain particularly to elearning, but that can supply a comparison for elearning as opposed to traditional learning at the collegiate level. Some of the information on this graph may convince you that open source is the way to go, especially with the cost of textbooks, tuition and fees and room and board.
  11. IrelandThe context for supply and demand of public online services in Ireland: This article supplies a great deal of information about Ireland’s online capabilities. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn more about their eLearning statistics and to view this graphic about global eLearning statistics. Overall, eLearning can be said to be at an early stage in its development in Ireland, however, the uptake of eLearning is broadly in line with the European average across all sectors, but the USA leads in eLearning services.
  12. Five MarketsThe Economics of Learning Management Systems in Higher Education – Part I: This article and accompanying graph shows three trends identified by a study conducted by The California State University System and Delta Initiative, a consultancy group, entitled, “The State of the Learning Management in Higher Education Systems.” One statistic shows that the enterprise LMS market has settled around 5 products: Moodle, Sakai, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and eCollege.
  13. Learning CycleThe Hype Cycle for E-Learning: An annual study published by Gartner, an IT advisory firm, looks at the popularity of emerging technologies, from Internet TV and e-books to microblogging sites such as Twitter, across a range of sectors. It tracks their progression as a function of expectations. The cycle ranges from over-enthusiasm as technology is hyped, through a period of disillusionment when it fails to deliver, via a slope of enlightenment to a “plateau of productivity” as users learn how best to employ it.
  14. AUPTowards a forward-thinking Acceptable Use Policy for mobile devices: Although this article focuses on UK schools, after reading the situation, you might relate the acceptable use policies (AUP) detailed here to uses in the US as well. eLearning requires connectivity, and this graph shows how possibilities can exist to allow various mobile devices into schools to enable that elearning process.
  15. UnemploymentUnemployment Rate and Level of Education: While not totally focused on elearning, this graph shows that — among all individuals — that the uneducated have suffered the least employment from 1992 forward in the U.S. Additionally, with unemployment rates rising and continuing to rise, the individuals who have obtained bachelor’s degrees suffer less than any other individual when it comes to unemployment.
  16. Uptake of elearningUptake of eLearning: Among the 10 countries surveyed for this graph, Ireland, the U.K. and Denmark have the highest share of eLearning users. A person is more than three times as likely to do an online eLearning course in the U.K. and Ireland as in Germany. When applying a wider definition of eLearning, Germany is much more advanced and has a level of take-up similar to Denmark and the UK.
  17. Why elearningWhy e-Learning? This article is based upon the assumption that eLearning offers practical and cost effective ways for K-12 schools, higher education institutions as well as academic institutes to manage the delivery of education over the web and manage managerial / administrative aspects of education at the same time. The graph shows the employment ratios of each type of eLearning within the 21 higher education institutions being surveyed.
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