Massive Online Courses Got a Boost During the Pandemic. Will It Last?


When a couple of stanford professors founded core sarah in two thousand twelve. They promised to democratize access to higher education. By making courses from prestigious colleges available online now nearly a decade later many of us were thrust into the world of online education by the pandemic. and of course sarah saw tens of millions of new users join its platform some just looking for lectures to occupy their time other seeking new skills in areas like machine learning and data science. Jeff magin khalda is ceo. Of course sarah. He says states like new york and tennessee have also paid the company to provide free courses for their unemployed residents. governments have realized that online re-skilling programmes had a speed and scale and cost effectiveness. That is just not really natural. One of the exciting things after a year of seeing really growing in inequality and many women dropping out of the labor force to take care of kids. Who can't go to school what we've been seeing on chris. Era is the percentage of enrollments especially in stem courses. From women has gone up from about thirty. Three percent to forty seven percents. Almost fifty fifty so women are actually turning more to online learning and as we think about the future of work for states who are about reskilling being able to get your citizens access to jobs. That maybe aren't in. Your state is going to be much more possible with remote work.

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