The analysis sampled some 2.8m online learning sessions from over 400 activities between September 2020 and April 2021.

“Our study highlights how education technology can be a powerful tool to enhance student learning and drive the development of critical skills from problem solving to creative thinking,” Elise Ecoff, group director of Education, Nord Anglia Education, said.

“It has an especially important role to play in the classroom enabling teachers to bring learning to life.”

Among the findings was that one in two students chose a STEM activity, making it the most sought-after online activity globally at Nord Anglia schools in North America, Latin America, China, Southeast Asia, Middle-East, India and Europe.

“For education technology to be truly effective, it needs to be designed with teachers at the heart of the learning experience”

Some 43% of students were attracted to courses centred on developing creativity, while 34% opted for global citizenship activities to learn more about sustainable social impact.

Additionally, one quarter of students engaged in wellbeing courses, which proved the most popular activity among students in China, closely followed by students studying in Southeast Asia and India, Nord Anglia noted.

“For education technology to be truly effective, it needs to be designed with teachers at the heart of the learning experience,” Ecoff added.

“This has been one of the biggest factors in seeing online engagement in Global Campus continue to grow, even with the majority of our schools resuming classroom learning.”

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