E-Learning Market is Expected to Reach US$ 396.40 Bn by 2027

The E-learning market is forecasted to grow at a high rate owing to the accelerating demand from emerging economies.

The global e-learning market was valued at US$ 153.90 Bn in 2020 is expected to reach US$ 396.40 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 14.5% during the forecast period (2021-2027).

The major factors driving the e-learning market growth are affordability, which saves time, ensures flexibility, and produces measurable results. The academic students are interested in e-learning as it accommodates various learning styles and students also have the advantage of learning at their own pace. E-learning provides students the ability to choose the learning material that meets their knowledge level and interests. With the evolving lifestyle and technologies the changes across the education ecosystem brings in enormous opportunities for the e-learning market growth.

In addition to this, various institutions and organizations are adopting e-learning as it provides as effective training as the traditional ways at a lower cost. The cost of developing e-learning material for is costly compared to classroom training but the delivery cost is considerably lower due to elimination of travel cost, costs incurred for classroom facilities, instructor time and job time lost to attend classroom sessions among others. In 2020, approximately 67% of the organizations worldwide offer mobile e-learning solutions; whereas, 72% of the businesses believe that e-learning provides them a competitive edge. In addition to this, the rising technological advancement in infrastructure along with the growing investments from the key market vendors is anticipated to fuel the e-learning market growth.  

However, the slow growth rate of e-learning solutions across the emerging economies is anticipated to hamper the industry growth. The developing countries lack the infrastructure required for smooth functioning of e-learning industry, and the people in these countries are not aware about the merits and demerits of e-learning. This hampers their decision making ability when it comes to e-learning market analysis. Furthermore, designing e-learning content for various generations is a challenging task for the content providers. Each generation has its unique needs and traits, and ability to adapt to the new changes especially technological changes. The technology keeps updating and can be challenging for the Generation X and Baby Boomers to stay updated with them, thereby hindering the market forecast.

In terms of geography, the Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region for e-learning market solutions. The region is witnessing huge internet penetration, growing adoption of smartphones, rising consumer income levels, excellent and rising technology adoption. The government across the Asia Pacific region is making significant investments to improve the education system while also introducing digitization in the education sector. For instance, in February 2020, the Government of India opened up markets for completely online degrees thereby reshaping the education delivery across the country. The decision was made to widen the access to higher education and raise the profile of Indian institutions worldwide.

Key Findings:

  • Based on the deployment, the cloud deployment segment held the largest market share in 2020
  • Based on technology, online e-learning accounted for a market share of 48.2% in 2020 followed by mobile e-learning
  • Based on regions, the North America region is anticipated to hold a market share of 33.7% in the year 2027 in the e-learning market analysis

Recent News:

  • In February 2021, Skillsoft announced that the company is integrating its tools and training with the Microsoft Viva, launched by the Microsoft. The integration enables organizations and their employees to access 140+ practice labs, utilize science-backed scenario based e-learning content, and leverage prescriptive learning paths to build excellence, among others. The integration eliminates the barrier to learning and empowers organizations to improve their job performance by enabling large scale reskilling and up-skilling.
  • In October 2020, Royal Philips and LeQuest entered into a partnership to provide online interactive simulation-based training for the Philips Ultrasound Affiniti system. The online training enables medical staff to train themselves individually at their own convenience and also supports faster onboarding while increasing the confidence through realistic simulation practices.

The Global E-learning Industry Segmentation:

By Deployment

  • Cloud-Based
  • On-Premise

By Provider

  • Service
  • Content

By Technology

  • Online e-learning
  • Mobile e-learning
  • Rapid e-learning
  • Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Others

By Application

  • Academic


             -Higher Education

             -Vocational Training

  • Corporate

            -Small & Medium Enterprise

            -Large Enterprise

  • Government

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence

The key players operating in the market are:

  1. Pearson Plc
  2. Adobe Inc.
  3. Articulate Global Inc.
  4. Cengage Learning Holdings II Inc.
  5. City & Guilds Group
  6. Cisco Systems Inc.
  7. Instructure, Inc.
  8. Skillsoft
  9. bdtask
  10. Hurix 
  11. Skillshare, Inc.
  12. Thomson Reuters
  13. Blackboard Inc.
  14. NIIT
  15. Paradiso Solutions

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