Pandemic fuels growth in e-learning as many learn skills online


It allowed 15-year-old Stella Owens of Jennings to make jewelry and start her own small business. It’s teaching David Onezine, 33, of Lafayette to create his own website. And it’s helping teachers and students across Louisiana overcome gaps from unfinished learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s the internet and the many programs and platforms that have come to make up the multi-billion-dollar “e-learning” industry that has exploded over the last 18 months.

Owens used YouTube and Instagram to build ShopStellaRae while stuck at home during the height of the pandemic. Onezine is using templates and drag-and-drop tools on to build his web presence.

Last spring students at Eaton Park Elementary in Abbeville spent 30 to 45 minutes a week on Amplify Reading, an interactive online program that corresponds with the English language arts curriculum many districts in Louisiana use.

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