In 2020, the survey explored people’s experiences of learning since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown introduced in March of that year2. The survey showed that 43% of adults embraced the opportunity to learn through lockdown, significantly accelerating previous steady growth in online learning. Nine out of ten (90%) lockdown learners went online to do some or all of their learning; 44% said they did more learning online as a result of lockdown. And with institutions and workplaces closed or operating remotely, 55% of lockdown learners learned independently, with 24% learning through apps, websites and social media.
To complement the survey findings, L&W conducted qualitative research with learners who had accessed learning online or remotely since the start of the pandemic. This explored learners’ motivations for learning; the benefits and outcomes they expected to gain from the learning; challenges of learning online; and suggestions for supporting other adults to take up learning online. The research was undertaken as part of our programme of work as the UK Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning 2020-21.
This report presents the findings from interviews conducted with five adult learners in Wales. Interviewees were recruited through the Adult Participation in Learning Survey and learning providers. It describes their learning activities; their motivations for learning since the start of the pandemic; the benefits and outcomes they expected to gain from the learning; their challenges of learning online; what they liked and disliked about online learning; their suggestions for supporting other adults to take up learning online; and their future intentions to learn.