Google Search Engine Data for Hype Analysis of Online Learning, 2000-2020

Published: 3 February 2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/6ryy4v79f7.1
John Vandivier


The data contains two csv files leading to figure generation and analysis in the paper "New Digital Education as the Market Solution to the Student Debt Crisis" Google Trends data captures selected Google Trends Topic index values for the United States, showing clear rebounding in social interest for online learning over time, increasing interest in Western Governors University (WGU), and concave-down interest in massive online open courses (MOOCs) from 2004-2020. Google Trends data is unavailable prior to 2004. Ordinary Google search data captures pre-2004 hype in around WGU. WGU was founded in 1997, and ordinary Google search result volume is used to argue that WGU experienced a classic hype cycle before 2004.



Economics, Education, Education Economics, Cliometrics