The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way we are spending our time. Gone are the days of commuting to and from work, socializing with friends and schlepping children to and from activities and playdates.
Our lives have slowed dramatically, leaving us with more time spent at home, searching for ways to fill the time. In an effort to better understand how Americans are adjusting to this change in schedule, we recently surveyed over 900 non-essential workers about how their routines have changed and what they are doing to pass the time.
92% of respondents were in agreement that the way they spend their time has changed, with 8 in 10 citing that their lives have slowed down due to the pandemic, allowing for increased time spent with children (84%) and spouses (85%). And for many, this slow down has been an opportunity for reflection, with 81% stating that time at home has allowed them to assess what is important to them.
How Americans are Utilizing Online Education during COVID-19
Taking time to learn
While some may view social distancing and stay at home orders as limiting, many are taking this time and putting it to good use through learning. 80% of respondents stated that increased time at home has provided them with the opportunity to focus on things they were too busy to get to previously. Of these people, 49% have already taken time to learn something new and 31% plan to learn something new.
The main focus of those hoping to learn a new skill include:
68% want to learn or further develop a skill
56% want to pursue a new hobby
33% want to take time to pursue a passion
Learning for Career Development
In addition to exploring new activities and hobbies, workers are also using this time to evaluate or kick start their careers. 63% of survey takers said that they were learning something new in relation to their career, with 36% expressing that they wish to become more marketable.
With many people’s careers being impacted by COVID-19, it’s perhaps not surprising that 18% of respondents said that they are now considering a career change and need to develop or build upon their existing skill set or work towards a degree or certification in order to make that change a reality, and 1 in 3 of those who had a job impacted by COVID-19 agree they are focused on making themselves more marketable to employers.
How are people learning?
Since people are now homebound with no access to classrooms or in-person education, digital solutions have become the go-to method for learning. While being quarantined or without classrooms, people are using the following methods to learn:
68% use YouTube
53% use online courses
27% use online or digital textbooks
35% use podcasts
Overall, the transition to digital learning has been successful with 51% of YouTube learners expressing that the platform has been effective for learning.
Online courses are also holding strong with half of learners stating that they have found them to be very effective during this time. What’s more, people actually seem to like online learning! An overwhelming 64% of survey takers said that they enjoy learning digitally more than they do in a classroom or in-person and 58% feel that they learn better.
The nature of online learning allows for material to be consumed at one’s own pace. 87% of respondents cited that they enjoy the benefits of being able to self-pace their courses and do what works best for them. And digital learning is not going anywhere anytime soon, with 83% of respondents saying that they are more likely to seek out online and digital learning opportunities in the future.
How teens can use online courses for Driver’s ed
For teens, while traditional schooling may be halted, that doesn’t mean all learning has to fall to the wayside. 88% of parents said that extra time at home during COVID-19 presents a great opportunity for their teen(s) to begin online driver’s ed. Many are seizing the opportunity to finally knock out the classroom portion online, putting them ahead of the curve and giving them the ability to complete the course with little to no disruptions to their family’s schedules.
In fact, 58% of parents are planning to have their teen start online driver’s ed courses during quarantine and summer, while another 35% of parents said that their child had already begun taking online driver’s ed.
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more about our online driver’s education courses and resources, please visit https://www.aceable.com/.