Online Learning v Face to Face Learning: 5 Statistics - MedCerts

Is Short-Term Online Career Training Right for You?

If you’re a workforce case manager, you’ve likely found yourself in a position where your clients are wondering whether remote learning or traditional, in-person classes are better. Being prepared with statistics and knowledge about online learning vs. face-to-face teachings will help you field these questions and provide more help.

An estimated 63% of all students in the United States use online learning tools every day, making eLearning one of the fastest-growing ways to get an education. Just a few years ago, this was not a popular concept, and many students feared they wouldn’t get the same level of education as sitting in a traditional classroom. Today, especially after the Coronavirus pandemic, remote learning is much more commonplace.

You’ve likely discovered many remote learning options that could benefit your clients, but you may still wonder if these modern academic institutions are equal to other in-person schools. Below are some statistics you can compare and by sharing the numbers with your clients, you’ll know whether they’re making the best decision for their future.

1. Online Classes Can Be Better

While outdated thinking presumes that remote learning does not provide the same experience and value as traditional classes, academic insiders disagree. According to Forbes, 77% of academic leaders said that they believed online learning was equal to or even superior to face-to-face learning in a physical classroom. For example, MedCerts, an online school, provides student success advisors and mentors to help keep students on track while traditional schools do not.

2. Online Schools Help Students Learn Faster

Beyond the time it takes to drive to and from class each day, eLearning saves time by allowing students the flexibility to learn when it's convenient for them. One study by Brandon-Hall Group found that eLearning takes between 40% and 60% less time to finish compared to classroom learning. MedCerts provides immersive learning environments, making it easier for students to learn at their own pace.

3. Online Learning Is Less Expensive

With the average student debt hovering around $30,000, cost should be an important factor to consider when deciding on an educational plan. An online degree costs about $36,000 less than an in-person degree and credentialing. Other training programs are usually more affordable, too.

4. Students Learn Just as Much Online

A scientific study of students taking environmental science classes, both in-person and online, found that there were no significant differences in student performance. Your clients who worry they may fall behind if they’re not in a physical classroom can be reassured that online education allows for the same level of education with the added benefit of flexibility to work around their busy lives.

5. Online Learning Is Gaining Popularity Globally

The United States isn’t the only country that has turned to remote learning. During the Coronavirus pandemic, 83% of the world’s countries used online learning platforms to continue the educational process during lockdowns. This means any credentials, degrees or training received through eLearning processes will be just as respected as other more traditional schools.

MedCerts Leads Online Learning

Many WIOA-eligible clients are interested in careers in the fastest-growing industries, including healthcare and information technology. MedCerts, an online academic institution, is well-known and respected for its industry-leading programs, lesson materials, and immersive online learning technology. They help their students — your clients — succeed.

Portrait of Jennifer Kolb
Written by Jennifer Kolb
National Director of Workforce Development

As MedCerts National Director of Workforce Development, Jennifer Kolb is responsible for overseeing strategy and business development efforts at MedCerts with an emphasis on the k-career pipeline.

Prior to MedCerts, Jennifer served in several leadership positions at Tallo and Hawkes Learning where she built and lead sales and marketing, new product launches, technology development updates and an entire product relaunch to be ADA compliant.

Jennifer has spent a decade within the workforce industry working with educators, state leaders, business and industry officials, post-secondary institutions and grant organizations from across the country, all with the mission of bettering people's lives. Coming from a long line of educators and with a business-centered mindset, Jen is passionate about student success and cultivating creative strategies for ensuring all talent has access to educational and career-related opportunities.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Psychology with a focus in business management from Clemson University.

Published on April 3, 2023


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