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Respondents were asked about online learning activities for educational, professional or private purposes which they undertook in the previous three months. While 13% did a course online, over one fifth (21%) Used online learning material other than a complete online course, and 14% Communicated with instructors or students using educational websites or portals. See Table 9.1 and Figure 9.1.

Show Table: Table 9.1 Individuals who conducted online learning activities for educational, professional or private purposes in the last 3 months, 2019

Online learning activityDoing an online courseUsing online learning material other than a complete online courseCommunicating with instructors or students using educational websites/portalsOther
Online learning activity1321142

Respondents were also asked about the computer or software related activities which they carried out in the twelve months prior to interview. Installing software or apps was carried out by over half (53%) of individuals. Six in ten (60%) persons whose principal economic status was At work, carried out this activity in the previous twelve months, while 72% of Students carried out this activity. A similar percentage (72%) of persons in the 16 to 29 years age group also carried out this activity, compared with less than one third (32%) of persons in the 60 to 74 years age category. Using word processing software and Copying or moving files or folders was carried out by 51% of individuals. Using software to edit photos, video or audio files was carried out by nearly one third (32%) of individuals in 2019. Transferring files between computers or other devices was carried out by 44% of individuals, while Changing the settings of any software (which includes operational systems or security programs) was carried out by 36% of individuals. Writing code in a programming language was carried out by just 7% of individuals, an increase of one percentage point on the same period in 2018. See Table 9.2 and Figure 9.2.

Show Table: Table 9.2 Individuals who carried out computer or software related activities in the last 12 months, 2018 and 2019

Computer or software related activities20182019
Installing software or apps5853
Using word processing software5351
Copying or moving files or folders5051
Transferring files between computers or other devices4644
Creating presentations or documents6939
Changing the settings of any software6836
Using spreadsheet software3636
Using advanced functions to organise and analyse data3425
Using software to edit photos, video or audio files3332
Writing code in a programming language67

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