The pandemic is driving growth in e-learning as many people learn their skills online

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

It is the Internet and the many programs and platforms that make up the multi-billion dollar “e-learning” industry that has exploded in the last 18 months.

Owens used YouTube and Instagram to build ShopStellaRae while stuck at home during the height of the pandemic. Onezine uses templates and drag-and-drop tools on Wix.com to build its web presence.

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

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