Online programs demand in developing regions has been increasing rapidly. The comfort of course access and the ever-evolving delivery systems have proved that e-learning has reached to the high extent in different age groups and organizations, whether it’s any institutes or corporate enterprises.
It’s something that we have seen in the past 20 years that Poor African countries that lacked a wired telecommunication infrastructure can now found it easier and cheaper to adopt mobile telephony for e-learning. It has increased to the point that 80% of the population now owns a smartphone and can easily access the course.
As per a study, the average annual growth ratio of online learning in African and Asian countries are estimated to surpass 10% with ease from 2016 to 2021. In fact, the highest evolution rate is for Vietnam and Malaysia, followed by Thailand, the Philippines, India, and China. Digging into the facts, it has been estimated that 4.5 million students are taking one course online and very soon this number is expected to grow till 18 million. It’s not just students, but also the trend of offering online programs that is also helping in creating a big string of teachers and trainers in developing countries.
It’s obvious that if the demand for online programs is rising in developing countries, challenges would also come in the path of opportunities. But thanks to mobile devices which has increased the possibilities. E-learning via mobile platforms has thus become a growing phenomenon for students of these areas.
According to a survey, the percentage of mobile learning has already reached $5.3 billion in 2012 and expected 18.2 % growth rate in coming years. Can’t deny that the comfort and ability of potential learners to access and complete their courses via mobile devices rather than investing in laptops and desktops has made the online learning much more reachable. Also, this flexibility has increased the opportunity to connect with millions of new learners too.
E-learning Growth Rate in Developing Countries
Despite all such challenges, the rise of e-learning in Africa has not been declining, it’s still fixed. As per a source, the revenue in 2013 has reached $332.9 million and the annual growth rate was estimated to be around 15.2%. The reason is the adoption of mobile technology by even rural African students and this is seen as a promising development for their career. In addition to this, market research has revealed Africa as the leader in e-learning growth and estimated to grow 15% annually for the next 4 years. Actually, the fact is that the sharp rises of e-learning adoption observed in African countries are partially credited to the growing needs of their corporate sectors, and the resulting requirements for skilled professionals. Similarly, individual countries like Senegal and Zambia are also unveiling up to 30% growth in e-learning delivery.
So far in Asian countries, a government-backed initiative for e-learning has taken a huge step. The Indian government has acquired a public-private partnership model to promote technical training under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). This initiative aims to reach out to 12 million people. Online e-learning courses have also been made under this scheme that is available in the domains of engineering, architecture, biotechnology, social sciences etc. Likewise, nearly 70 universities in China have also launched their own e-learning programs. While in countries like China and India that brag the highest number of mobile users in the world, the adoption of technology over here has acted as a boon in promoting online programs. As per a report, the profit for e-learning in Asian countries is estimated to have touched $11.5 billion in 2016. Similarly, Middle Eastern countries have also increased the growth rate of e-learning to $443 million and this all due to initiatives by governments, private corporations, and schools. In coming years it’s also expected to grow 8.2% annually. This shows how the online education is booming in every corner of the world and touching all remote areas to bring out the hidden talents to shine brighter in the world of globalization.
In Latin America
Another developing region which is growing due to e-learning is Latin America. Countries including Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico are considered here as leading adopters of e-learning. The latest trend of globalization, consistent enhancements in corporate competencies, and individual talent are few key factors that are attributing to the growth of this region. Also government initiative to set up advanced learning systems is motivating the migration of several global players to Latin American countries. The accommodation of learning requirements for all types of students, access to updated & real-time content, and hassle free tuition delivery are few benefits of e-learning adoption in this region. Moreover, the integration of cloud-based learning, AR, VR, and mobile-based learning applications is improving the content delivery models in this region. The introduction of blended learning, which includes both off-line and online pedagogy will also enhance the efficiency of instruction at low cost and drive more demand in the region. According to a report, eLearning in Latin America is expected to generate revenues of over $3 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of more than 4% during 2018-2023.