The online learning platform, Brainly, conducted a survey on the International Day of Education. The survey had a sample size of 2,190 participants and gave in-depth insights into various aspects of online and offline education.
The previous year saw a massive increase in the number of online learners due to the pandemic. Through this survey, numerous students reflected on the year gone by and shared their views on how they have adapted to online education. 52.5% of students at Brainly reported that the transition was easy, while 27.6% reported that it came with its set of challenges. About 20% of Brainly students also remained indecisive. The survey further revealed that a whopping 77.2% of Brainly students preferred experiential learning over learning online, whereas, 22.8% claimed that online learning was the more convenient option.
On being asked about practical and theoretical approaches, 25.1% of Brainly students said that they preferred the practical approach while 18% preferred a theoretical approach. However, about 29.9% of Brainly students reported that the mix of a theoretical and practical approach was the way to go forward. Last year, educators had to resort to various techniques to drive smoother learning. 28.6% of Brainly students reported that their educators opted for the adoption of technology via online platforms, smart classes, etc., while 27.2% ofBrainly students claimed that they turned towards collaborative learning approaches including group study, projects, and online community-driven platforms. 25.2% also reported that their educators were addressing student challenges in class with personalized training.
Speaking on the same, Rajesh Bysani, CPO at Brainly, said, “2020 was a harbinger of paradigm-changing developments for the global education system. However, these changes have had a mixed impact on the students. While some of them were beneficial, we need to factor in the downsides of driving entirely digital education. It will be interesting to see how the new education model evolves hereafter.”
As technology takes the center stage, there has been a rise in several trends over the recent years. 28% of respondents reported that they have witnessed the growing popularity of home assistance apps, such as Brainly, in education. Other students also claimed that there was a rise in the ‘peer-to-peer learning environment’ (18.2%), ‘hybrid learning model’ (14.2%), and other trends such as the use of technology, online education, and marking system (6.8%). However, nearly one-third (32.9%) of the students claimed that they noticed a rise in all of these educational trends.