Incidence of adult learners was higher in India, Malaysia, and after screening for English fluency, it was found that Indian learners are also the youngest, according to Pearson study of Adult Learners. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Incidence of adult learners was higher in India, Malaysia, and after screening for English fluency, it was found that Indian learners are also the youngest, according to Pearson study of Adult Learners. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Indians prefer short-term certificate courses: Study

  • A study has revealed that adult learners in India have maximum interest in short-term certificate courses
  •  Indian professionals realise the need and are pursuing or opening to the idea of short courses to upgrade and up-skill

Mumbai: With technology advancement job dynamics have undergone huge changes as re-skilling has become the of essence for better career option, a study has revealed that adult learners in India have maximum interest in short-term certificate courses as compared to other countries.

"In today's dynamic business landscape, advancement of technology has created seismic shifts in industries, making many old job roles irrelevant and creating need for new skills.

Nurtured in an education-oriented culture, Indian professionals realise the need and are pursuing or opening to the idea of short courses to upgrade and up-skill," Pearson India vice president Pearson Professional Programs (PPP), Varun Dhamija said.

Well-structured non-degree courses with measurable impact have the potential to enhance learning and provide an opportunity to understand domain concepts like analytics, block chain amongst others, he added.

Incidence of adult learners was higher in India, Malaysia, and after screening for English fluency, it was found that Indian learners are also the youngest, according to Pearson study of Adult Learners.

Pearson study was conducted across six countries including, Australia, India, Malaysia, UAE and the UK through qualitative research by Edge Research in 15 virtual focus groups between July 24 to August 8, 2018 among people between 18 to 65 years.

The study revealed that career improvement and knowledge are two prevailing motivations for continuing one's education, which consistent across countries, including in India.

About 56 per cent of Indians adjusted to take courses to improve their career possibilities followed by 55 per cent who took courses as a gateway to gain knowledge, it added.

Adult learners like the concept of combining the convenience of passive online learning, with the quality of active learning in-person. Majorities across markets are open to online education and there is a huge potential to increase adoption of online courses," Dhamija added.

The study further revealed that Indians are less price conscious compared to other countries, yet more concerned than others about course credibility.

Only 36 per cent of Indians are concerned about the cost, 47 per cent adjusted courses with other commitments and 27 per cent made this adjustment because it's a concern they have, it added.

Almost half of the market plans to enrol in a single subject short course, but perceptions may not have caught up with demand, it said.

Many in India still just see university degrees as 'continuing education', and there is a strong desire to have a qualification or accreditation at the end of a course to show an employer, the study revealed.

About 66 per cent of adult learners prefer complete online courses, however, the demand for blended learning is also growing substantially as 62 per cent adult learners said they are likely to consider a combination of both online as well as offline option for education, it said.


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