Each of the world’s regions has its idiosyncrasies In terms of the factors that drive this market. In Asia, for example, Government-funded projects related to literacy development in rural areas are a major driver to the introduction of E-Learning.
In the Middle East, governmental interventions play a critical role in the dissemination of E-Learning material as educational methods. This is directed not only at students (ranging from those in elementary schools to those on postgraduate programs), but also at employees in the public sector.
In some African countries, private universities are making the difference when it comes to investments. These Institutions are willing to provide a broad offering to their students in order to help them boost their careers.
In African countries, in general, the introduction of mobile technologies and the use of social networks are major drivers to change. Nonetheless, the most important Change Agent remains the various countries’ Governments using direct interventions. Facebook and Twitter are used predominantly to support distance learning while VOIP solutions, such as Skype and Google Talk, are becoming popular as well.
The U.S. and Western Europe markets are the most mature, with the biggest instances of E-Learning adoption ranging from K-12 solutions to business-related training.