Coursera’s 2023 Learner Outcomes Report highlights the real-world impact of online learning
By Marni Baker Stein, Chief Content Officer, Coursera
Coursera’s mission is rooted in serving the world through learning so everyone – regardless of location, socioeconomic status, or personal circumstance – has the power to unleash their full potential. This impact is most profound when learning on Coursera unlocks new job opportunities and career advancement.
To help measure the progress we’re making toward this goal, I’m pleased to introduce our most extensive Learner Outcomes Report ever, created in collaboration with Huron Consulting Group. The report gathers insights from more than 55,000 learners across over 190 countries to understand how Coursera helps learners reach their career and personal goals. The results highlight the transformative impact of online learning:
- 77% of learners (and 91% in developing economies) report career benefits, such as getting a new job, earning a promotion, gaining applicable career skills, and more.
- 95% of learners (and 99% in developing economies) report personal benefits, such as gaining more confidence, feeling more accomplished, and more.
- 30% of unemployed learners were employed after completing their most recent course or program on Coursera.
- 1 in 4 Entry-Level Professional Certificate completers got a new job.
In addition to results for learners worldwide, the report delves into the benefits of online education for learners in developing economies and specific countries with a high concentration of Coursera learners – such as India, the U.K., Mexico, and more. It also highlights the impact on low-income learners and first-generation college students in the U.S., uncovering the critical role high-quality online education plays in helping those who need it most.
As technology advancements like generative AI and demand for remote roles reshape the job market, online learning can empower learners with the skills needed to thrive in this rapidly changing environment. We’re encouraged by the stories of our learners and how our partners’ content is helping individuals around the world advance their careers and enrich their lives. But our work is far from over. Together with our world-class university and industry partners, we will work tirelessly to help anyone, anywhere create a brighter future for themselves and their communities.
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