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Online education in Poland - statistics & facts

The popularity of online education, or distance learning has been on the rise in recent years. The share of Polish internet users participating in online courses doubled between 2015 and 2020. However, the sharp increase in online learning participants was also due to a new learning model. Poland's government first introduced remote learning in March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, school pupils and higher education students switched to learning online instead of in a traditional classroom.

Leading e-learning platforms in Poland

A survey conducted in December 2020 revealed that Librus Synergia - an electronic grade book - was the most frequently used e-learning platform by parents in Poland. E-podręczniki followed for 41 percent of respondents.
For those Poles who are no longer in compulsory education but who wish to further develop their skills, there are also various options available online. In 2020, women participated in online learning activities the most. Moreover, the popularity of virtual courses has been steadily growing among users with a higher formal education. Udemy, an American open online course provider, figures among the most popular names. The teaching marketplace is aimed at professional adults and students, providing a vast variety of learning material. Just in August 2021, the platform recorded a mobile app revenue of approximately 1.5 million U.S. dollars.

Distance learning during COVID-19 in Poland

A school year in Poland lasts 10 months. During the 2020/2021 academic year, Polish pupils spent roughly seven months learning online. According to a survey carried out in November 2020, over half of parents and children declared that remote learning required more time than the traditional model. Online learning meant that students spent an increased amount of time in front of their display devices, very often sitting down for a large amount of time. As a result, over 45 percent of pupils reported that their physical health worsened during the pandemic.
During the remaining three months, Polish schools operated in a hybrid model. Approximately four in ten fathers felt that schools failed to implement appropriate safety procedures to protect their children from the coronavirus; relatively few mothers shared this opinion.
On September 1, a new school year began and young Poles returned to education. As the Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerstwo Edukacji i Nauki) decided, Polish pupils and students will be taught in school and on-site during the 2021/2022 academic year, following pre-pandemic conditions.

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