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Mobile, gamification, MOOCs: the list of new and emerging eLearning trends is endless. In this rapidly shifting and growing market it pays to stay aware of constant developments.

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That’s why I’ve gathered a list of the most important statistics and numbers for eLearning and training in 2014.

1. 93% of CEOs plan to increase or maintain their training budget, and 85% already have a mobile training strategy, or will soon implement one. (Source: Skillsoft<<Tweet this stat!

2. People primarily use mLearning tools at school/work and while traveling; 75% and 74%, respectively. However, a full 52% use them while in bed right after waking up. (Source: Michaels and Associates<<Tweet this stat!

Source: Michael & Associates

Source: Michael & Associates

3. Companies spent $164 billion on training in 2012, up from $156 billion in 2011, and that number is expected to have risen in 2013. Of that $164 billion, $56 billion is allocated to eLearning. (Source: ASTD and CertifyMe<<Tweet this stat!

4. Companies with strong “learning cultures” (that prioritize open sharing of information and employee development) are 46% more likely to be market leaders and innovators in their markets. (Source: Bersin and Associates<<Tweet this stat!

5. Students learning through gamified eLearning content scored 14% higher in skill-based knowledge and 9% higher in knowledge retention than students learning through traditional methods. (Source: University of Colorado Denver<<Tweet this stat!

6. 10 million students have taken at least one Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). (Source:<<Tweet this stat!



7. BUT only 1 in 10 have actually completed or passed an online course (though 40% do watch the course through to completion, they don’t do any of the assignments or otherwise participate). (Source: Coursera<<Tweet this stat!

8. The market for learning games is $3.9 billion, and expected to grow to $8.9 billion by 2017. (Source: VentureBeat<<Tweet this stat!

9. 47% of organizations use mobile devices like tablets and smartphones for learning and training. (Source: Towards Maturity<<Tweet this stat!

10. Mobile learning is a $5.3 billion dollar market and expected to be $12.2 billion by 2017. (Source: Ambient Insight<<Tweet this stat!

11. 84.2% of enterprises use eLearning for training and development. (Source: Kineo<<Tweet this stat!

Source: eLearning Industry

Source: eLearning Industry

12. 75 Learning Management System vendors so far have adopted the Tin Can API (or the “Experience API,” a replacement for SCORM). (Source: Tin Can API<<Tweet this stat!

13. The top 20 most popular LMS vendors have a total of over 250 million users, or the entire population of Germany, France, Spain and the Ukraine combined. (Source: Capterra<<Tweet this stat!

14. The US and Europe make up 70% of worldwide eLearning. That said, Asia Pacific is expected to grow by 20% annually. (Source: eLearning Magazine<<Tweet this stat!



15. 41% of employees who report “poor” training opportunities at their job plan to leave, compared to just 12% who report excellent training programs. (Source: Harris Interactive Poll<<Tweet this stat!

What other stats and numbers should we paying attention to in the evolving eLearning universe? Add them to the conversation in the comments below!

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JP Medved

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J.P. currently works as Content Director at Capterra, a division within Gartner focused on bringing together buyers and sellers of business software. He has spoken at Content Marketing World and been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, CIO, and Forbes. Follow him on Twitter at @rizzleJPizzle.


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