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?


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?

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