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Distance learning participants at correspondence schools Germany 2003-2020

Number of participants in distance learning at correspondence schools in Germany from 2003 to 2020

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Release date

October 2021



Survey time period

2003 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* The 151,051 participants surveyed this year are composed of 52,915 distance learners in the non-university education segment in the period January 1 - December 31, 2015 (35.0%) and 98,136 distance students at universities in the winter semester 2015/2016 (65.0%). For the first time, there were no additional estimates. The significantly lower number of reported distance learning students compared to previous years - despite an overall slight increase in willingness to participate - is not to be interpreted as an indicator for a decreasing willingness to participate, but rather as a result of the changed approach. The changed classifications and questions were obviously presented by the large providers in particular - in this form unforeseeable - organizational problems, so that several of them were unable to participate (this suggests corresponding feedback). As a result, their participation figures were not taken into account in this year's survey.

** Participants in distance learning courses that require admission or do not require admission under the FernUSG. Participants are persons who attend a university education program via distance education that is not aimed at obtaining a recognized academic degree.

*** There is a considerable discrepancy between the number of participants in distance learning courses from 2018 who require approval under the FernUSG and those that do not, according to the source, probably due to technical problems during the survey in 2018. In 2018, for example, data were collected from 61 educational providers offering distance learning courses requiring approval under the Distance Learning Act (2017: 67) and 13 educational providers offering distance learning courses not requiring approval under the Distance Learning Act (2017: 74).
The data from 2003 to 2016 were taken from a previous BIBB report.
Figures have been rounded for better understanding of the statistic.

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