17 Enlightening Infographics About e-Learning and Online Education

Authors have touted infographics, or information graphics, as one of the best ways to spread ideas and to attract attention. But, not surprisingly, some of the dullest infographs are those that show statistics about online education. Some of the brightest and best infographics are those that are designed for eLearning and, sometimes, created by students. Despite the disparity in quality, these 17 infographics about e-Learning and online education are all enlightening in their information about the quality, popularity and accessibility for online learning.

The following list is compiled in alphabetical order.

  1. Accessibility and Info GraphicsAccessibility and Info Graphics: Accessibility in distance education requires that all types of disabilities are considered when designing course materials. This Slideshare presentation shows how various components work when creating educational graphic materials, and how they can be combined for ultimate effectiveness.
  2. Development and TechnologyDevelopment and Technology: Research shows that along with the inevitability of technology taking over the workplace, employers are embracing modern ways to train their staff. There has been a shift away from instructor-led training towards online training. According to this article, companies that provide ongoing staff development are taking positive steps toward employee satisfaction.
  3. eLearning Design InfographicseLearning Design Infographics: This group of design graphics is compiled in a section of the Behance Network, a creative professional platform for artists and designers. Julio Pinheiro compiled these graphics, which show a number of historic moments in space travel and in the “conquest of the moon.” Graphics are in Spanish.
  4. eLearning in the USAeLearning in the USA: The Standard? The Benchmark? This article contains several infographics that define eLearning in the U.S. The essay investigates the role of online studies within the American educational system and tries to find out more about the exact meaning of these extremely high figures.
  5. elearning Performance Benchmarkingelearning Performance Benchmarking: New South Wales, Australia, highlighted the NSW position with regard to a baseline survey undertaken to measure the national uptake and impact of e-learning in VET (vocational education and training). According to the survey, NSW showed above average particularly in remote use of multimedia interactive learning resources.
  6. Learning and Performance DashboardLearning & Performance Dashboard: View a number of information graphics that show topics such as corporate learning expenditures, frequency of use of learning methodologies, productivity and the projected growth of e-learning. It was projected that the eLearning market will hit $52.6 Billion by 2010.
  7. Minnesota State Colleges & UniversitiesMinnesota State Colleges & Universities LMS (D2L) System Statistics: This system, which contains 32 public higher education institutions, supports one of the largest Learning Management System (LMS) environments in higher education. This chart shows the growth. The statistics show that increasingly faculty and students rely on the LMS as the basic electronic tool for teaching and learning.
  8. Online EducationOnline Education: Degree Scout provides this infographic that contains some interesting information about online education. For instance, 54 percent of institutions reported that the economic downturn has increased demand for existing face-to-face courses and 66 percent of institutions are reporting increased demand for new courses and programs.
  9. Quality in e-Learning from a Learner's PerspectiveQuality in e-Learning from a Learner’s Perspective: The question how e-learning can be successful becomes more urgent as the process moves from an ‘early adopter’ stage to a more general offering. This article contains several information graphics that show current results. The survey used qualitative data as well as quantitative data.
  10. Realistic Graphics and Learning: What's most effective?Realistic Graphics and Learning: What’s most effective? According to this article with two accompanying information graphics, a common assumption is that more realism corresponds to greater comprehension. Surprisingly, a lot of research points to the opposite; realistic graphics are frequently not as effective as those with reduced realism.
  11. Review of 2008Review of 2008: 100 great articles: This information graphic displays a wordle of the 100 favorite resources that Jane Hart used in 2008 in her libraries well as those that she had posted about in her blogs, etc, to identify those that she particularly enjoyed, that inspired her, made her think and/or she just found useful.
  12. Size of Indian eLearning IndustrySize of Indian eLearning Industry: Custom Content: In the absence of any formal body like NASSCOM the Indian eLearning Industry is virtually devoid of any official figures or statistics. All pointers to the size of this industry are mostly guesstimates for these infographics. The Learned Man suggests that online learning in India has a long way to go…
  13. Syllabus SamplerSyllabus Sampler: This video infographic offered by The New York Times shows a selection of online courses taught by some of the world’s foremost scholars. The accompanying article states that “In December [2009], iTunes U itself surpassed the 100 million download mark.” Courses shown are from MIT, UC Berkeley, Yale and UCLA.
  14. The Economics of Learning Management Systems in Higher EducationThe Economics of Learning Management Systems in Higher Education — Part I: The California State University System and Delta Initiative, a consultancy group, recently concluded a landmark study of “The State of the Learning Management in Higher Education Systems.” The result is shown in this information graphic.
  15. The Hype Cycle for E-LearningThe Hype Cycle for E-Learning: This graphic is from an annual study that looks at the popularity of emerging technologies, from Internet TV and e-books to microblogging sites such as Twitter, across a range of sectors. It tracks their progression as a function of expectations. These are the findings of an analysis of the “hype cycle” of technology in education, published by Gartner, an IT advisory firm.
  16. Visualizing with InfographicsVisualizing with Infographics: This article focuses on an infographic entitled, “Informal Learning,” and states that, “In comparison with the mindmapping technique the visual factor of infographics is more important.” Follow this blog to learn more about infographs that are related in one way or another to the world of learning and training.
  17. Why e-Learning?Why e-Learning? This study looks at eLearning as a practical and cost-effective way for K-12 schools, higher education institutions and academic institutes to manage the delivery of education over the web and manage managerial / administrative aspects of education at the same time.

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Sarah manages the editorial operations for Best Online Universities. Her responsibilities include proofing, editing, and developing content for the company’s Web sites. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Drake University and an MA in Writing from DePaul University. When she isn't working on new and entertaining articles for BestOnlineUniversities.com you will most likely find her curled up with a good book, walking her dog, Roger, or breaking the sound barrier on the Nürburgring.