While most schools and colleges are shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic that doesn’t mean learning needs to stop as there are other alternatives.

For instance, learners across the globe are turning to online programs like the edtech platform Brainly for support while learning from home.

Brainly, an online learning community for students, parents, and teachers reports it has experienced a massive spike in engagement from learners since the pandemic. The platform now reaches 200 million monthly users globally, according to a Brainly news release.

“The record increase in demand on Brainly illustrates the importance of online learning, both for students who are learning from home and for parents who are having to help their kids with schoolwork in the absence of classroom instruction,” says Eric Oldfield, Brainly’s chief business officer, who is the father of two school-age daughters in New York City.

In the U.S. where more than 124,000 public and private schools have closed, displacing more than 55 million students (according to Education Week), Brainly has seen a more than 200 percent increase in demand, as users ask and answer record amounts of questions on the platform throughout March, according to a Brainly news release.

“What’s amazing to us is not only that people are continuing to learn, but also that everyone is continuing to lend a helping hand. We’re seeing the number of answers and explanations shared by students and experts on Brainly increase exponentially as well, not just the number of questions being asked,” Oldfield said.

According to a survey conducted by Brainly of 4,361 of its U.S. users, roughly 72 percent of students said their schools had closed while 71 percent said their school had been moved to online classes.

“The pandemic will end, but the world’s realization of the power of online learning will have a lasting impact on global education. Now, everyone is becoming a teacher and everyone is becoming a student, which is what our peer-to-peer learning approach has always championed,” said Michał Borkowski, CEO, and co-founder of Brainly in the news release. “We believe the global pandemic will serve as a catalyst for the education sector to become truly digitally disrupted.”

In March, Brainly removed paywalls on all Web browsers to help support homeschooling during this crisis. Also, Brainly partnered with educational brands Codecademy, Skillshare, Quizlet and Duolingo to launch the Learn From Home Club.

At Brainly, students and parents get homework and study help from peers and experts. Students from anywhere can ask about their doubts and get step-by-step explanations from others to go from frustration to understanding. The unique opportunity for students to freely ask questions and gain the confidence that comes from helping others inspires students to learn in a collaborative community. With U.S. headquarters in New York City, Brainly is currently available in 35 countries.

More information about Brainly is available at www.brainly.com.

Source: Brainly