How Many Lectures are Given a Year?

I have been trying to figure out how many courses are given a year in the US. I can’t find that data anywhere – so I decided to try and guesstimate it.  Since there are about 7000 colleges in the us (I found this number here) I took that as a starting point. I am also guessing a low ball number of the average number of courses given yearly by a single college – say 500 (I actually think that the number is much larger – but maybe someone can set me right). After some simple multiplication – there are about 3,500,000 courses given in the US a year! For a world wide market I am guessing you need to quadruple that for around 12,000,000 college courses being taught a year worldwide!. That is around 120,000,000 lectures – and it doesn’t even count lectures given in high school and various other venues – so it really is a lowball estimate. I am hoping someone out there in the ether can tell me if I am hallucinating or not.

There are about 1200 courses available through MOOCS (I found that data here). I can’t find any data on lecture capture – but hey lets be generous and say 10 times that for 12,000 courses captured via lecture capture a year worldwide. So together they capture about 1% of the courses worldwide. That leaves students with a gap of only 11,985,000 courses not being captured through any media – isn’t that a shame?

The only way to start capturing the other 11,000,000 courses is to crowd source it through students. Isn’t it time to start?

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About Jacob Ukelson

blog (mostly) about my work and technology. So far I have been lucky enough to have been working on things I consider fun and with really top notch people. I have worked in both large companies (IBM) and small companies (ActionBase, ConicIT, Dapper, eXeedTechnologies). eXeed was establish to remedy a failure of the VC model in Israel – most VCs were monetary investors, but most companies needed not just money – they needed operational and business guidance. That is what we provide at eXeed – not just an investment but also our time and skills as seasoned software executives. I have taken on various titles – CTO, VP Products, VP BizDev – but throughout my career a constant focus has been on technologymarket fit, aka customer development. Unique breakthrough technology is a start, but the product must solve real business problems. It needs to be something customers can understand, relate to and will want to buy. I have been doing this for 20 years for software products in companies both large and small.
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2 Responses to How Many Lectures are Given a Year?

  1. Pingback: How Many TV Series are Produced a Year in the US | LectureMonkey

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