Study reveals the new global learning trends brought on by Covid – MyLondon

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An online education platform has made bold predictions about global learning trends with some surprising findings.

Some of these trends include evidence that women are more ambitious than men, that Gen Z is leading the learning charge, and that Brits are falling behind their counterparts.

Published this week, the Future of Learning report features commentary from 15 culture, technology, education and learning experts and includes insight from the UK, Australia and the USA.

The study reveals ten key global trends in learning including; women believing that education has the power to make the world a better place, real progress is being made around the inclusivity and accessibility of learning, the younger generation is accelerating change in education with online learning increasing, and ‘jobs for life’ are rapidly on the decline.

The Future of Learning report explored four core themes for learning development

  • Women and learning
  • Generational distinctions
  • Access and inclusion and self-education
  • Personal and professional development

Key takeaways include over a third of women believe that in the future, education will empower people to solve the world’s biggest issues such as the climate crisis, environmental and corporate sustainability, human rights and access to justice (38%).

Meanwhile, millennials (22%) and nearly two in five of Gen Z (37%), are turning to social media platforms such as Instagram to self-educate on socio-political issues.

Younger generations are driving a change towards online learning, with over a fifth (21%) of millennials strongly agreeing that it can provide similar benefits to a traditional form of education.

Almost half of the population (49%) think, in the future, education will have better access for disabled people.

Better for introverts

Online learning is better for introverts according to 48% of those surveyed.

Just over two in five (43%) feel online learning enables people to feel more confident to learn about the subjects they wouldn’t usually feel comfortable taking because of the privacy it provides.

This is especially so for those from minority backgrounds as online spaces ‘don’t set up prejudices in advance’ says Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at UCL who took part in the report.

In the UK, women are more likely to agree that online learning allows for more diversity and inclusion in the education sector (47% vs men at 41%).



Women believe education will be directly empowering people to solve the world’s biggest issues such as the climate crisis, environmental and corporate sustainability, human rights and access to justice in the future (38%).

As well as believing education can help the world, women feel it can better help their wellbeing; 35% of women globally want to learn more about nutrition, diet and physical health, while 38% want to expand their knowledge on mental health and mindfulness.

Improving personal confidence (52%) and expanding their interests as well as hobbies (46%) also featured highly as motivations to learn.

Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter Movement, LGBTQ+ rights and the gender pay gap are important political issues in society.

Over a quarter of Millennials (22%) and nearly two in five Gen-Zs (37%), are turning to social media platforms such as Instagram to self-educate on these matters.

Nearly a quarter of people globally (23%) would like to see education features on social media platforms in the future for learning; much like what is already offered through the shop tab feature on Instagram, the 'marketplace' function on Facebook, and 'Topics' feature on Twitter.

As well as being more socially conscious, the world is becoming more environmentally aware.

The likes of Greta Thunberg will be pleased to know that nearly two-fifths of people globally (37%) think future education will empower people to solve the world’s biggest issues such as the climate crisis and environmental and corporate sustainability, human rights and access to justice.

Millennials are driving the change for online learning with over one in five (21%) strongly agreeing that it can provide similar benefits to a traditional education, slightly higher than Generation Z (18%).

The report, by FutureLearn, predicts that in the next five years, those in Australia (43%) and the USA (40%) are more likely than Brits (33%) to take an online course to expand their knowledge for personal development as people’s priorities shift when looking at the impact of the pandemic.

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