A recent survey from TNS Gallup reveals that 77 percent of those who want further education, want to do it online.
“This shows a maturity in the population for using digital media,” says Torhild Slåtto, Director of Flexible Education Norway, which is the national organization for private and public providers of online and flexible education.
More than half wants more education
The survey is representative for the entire population in the age span 26 to 60. More than half say yes to more education, and the women are raising the bar with 57 percent vs the men’s 50. The motivation for further education is more or less equal in the different parts of the country.
Young people are more eager for education
72 percentage of the surveyed in the age of 25-29 years further education, while only 37 percent in the age group 45-60 say the same. “The twenty somethings are at an earlier stage of their career and might see this as a way to promotion. Maybe they also see that professional life in 2016 requires high levels of competency, and that they need to refill their education constantly,” says Slåtto. This age group is also somewhat more concerned with being in school or on campus together with their peers, but within the group that said yes to further education, more than six out of ten say this could happen online.
Retirees want further education!
Three out of ten retirees and recipients of benefit want further education, and 70 percent of these people would want to do it online. This should provoke some thoughts at the Senior Citizen Community Centers and providers of education. Publicly employed are a little more motivated for further education than privately employed, while self-employed are less interested. The least motivated for further education are the homemakers.
Higher education means more education
Among people that have up to four years of higher education, six out of ten want further education, and most of them would like it to be online. This is a higher score than both the less and the more educated. The least motivated are those holding only primary education.
“More than half of the population want further education, and 61 percent of those who have completed up to four years of higher education want further education. That represents such a large volume that it will have to influence the politics for both education and economics. It is our opinion that the numbers revealed in this survey is a cry out to politicians, employers and the workers’ own unions. There should be consequences for the “Strategy for Competency” politics Vox and political departments are working on. The level of digitalization has increased in all age groups and has created a demand for new offers within further education. We need a lot more innovation and development of digital learning,” says Torhild Slåtto in Flexible Education Norway.
In this article, we use the term “further education” broadly, as the respondents were allowed to interpret with no given indications. TNS Gallup executed the survey on behalf of Flexible Education Norway. The 1000 respondents were asked: “Would you like further education, and could this be online?”
This article was first published in Norwegian in Synkron 2:2016.