Covid-19 impact: Online learning companies see spike in number of students2 min read . Updated: 20 Mar 2020, 10:49 PM IST
With many schools and colleges closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, companies such as Byju's, Unacademy and Vedantu are offering free access to live classes
In the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, ed-tech and online learning companies are seeing a significant increase in the number of students who are using their platform and app. With many schools and colleges closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, companies such as Byju's, Unacademy and Vedantu are offering free access to live classes, content and their platforms to students and educational institutions across the country, to continue learning from home.
Since last week, students have been able to to download and access Byju's learning programs for free, and will be able to do so until the end of April. Byju's co-founder and Director, Divya Gokulnath, said, in a statement, "Since our announcement last week, we have witnessed a 60% increase in the number of new students using the app to learn from home daily."
"The number of queries from students and parents for our home learning programs have more than doubled in the past one week. Students across both metros and non metros are increasingly accessing the lessons on the app. In fact, students with year-end exams (higher grades) are using the video lessons to revise crucial concepts while the younger grade students are learning new concepts and getting themselves ready for the coming year," she said. She added that new students access their app every day.
This week, Unacademy opened up its platform to educational institutions to conduct their classes for free, without any limitations on the hours or number of classes. The educational institutions have to register to conduct their live classes on Unacademy, after which the company will help these institutions set up their online classes.
Gaurav Munjal, co-Founder and CEO at Unacademy said, "In the last three weeks, learners who are watching free live classes have increased by 3x. We are clocking 30 million minutes of watchtime on Unacademy every single day. Our educators have stepped up and started taking more live classes."
Vedantu is also offering free access to live classes and content to students, parents and schools in Bengaluru, New Delhi, Kerala and Hyderabad. The company said it will offer free access to all live classes of Vedantu master teachers, study material, tests and assignments and live doubts feature. Its study material will cater to Grades 1 to 12, JEE and NEET courses and co-curricular courses for all grades. Vedantu also said its platform is available for the schools to ensure there is no interruption in the students' education.
Last week, Coursera, one of the largest e-learning platforms in the world, said it would provide every impacted university in the world, including India, free access to their course catalogue through Coursera for Campus till July 31, 2020.