WHAT IS PERSONAL LEARNING?

A personal learner is someone who has participated in at least one of a number of possible activities in the past 12 months to advance their knowledge about something that personally interests them. These activities include reading, taking courses or attending meetings or events tied to learning more about their personal interests.

74% of adults are what we call personal learners.

73% of adults consider themselves lifelong learners.

REASONS FOR INTEREST IN ADDITIONAL LEARNING

  • 80% of personal learners say they pursued knowledge in an area of personal interest because they wanted to learn something that would help them make their life more interesting and full.

  • 64% say they wanted to learn something that would allow them to help others more effectively.

  • 60% say they had some extra time on their hands to pursue their interests.

  • 36% say they wanted to turn a hobby into something that generates income.

PERSONAL LEARNING BENEFITS

  • 87% of personal learners say their activities helped them feel more capable and well-rounded.

  • 69% say their learning opened up new perspectives about their lives.

  • 64% say their learning helped them make new friends.