Learning Ecosystem: An Accelerated Move Toward Digital

The learning educational ecosystem has evolved immensely through the years, backed by technology disruption and the accelerated move toward digital across the landscape, aiming at lifelong learning for all.

The global digital education market is expected to reach USD 77.23 billion by 2028, enabling faster and expanded reach to learners and hybrid learning ecosystem models, bringing efficiency, flexibility, and innovation.

Compelling themes that stand out are:

Accelerated move to the cloud: Hybrid is the key across industries, and there is widespread acknowledgment that the learning ecosystem is not untouched by it.

The onset of the pandemic last year brought in the urgency to transition to online, asynchronous/on-demand learning models, and the recent global events further accelerated this.

Digital-first approach to Learning Management Systems, Student Information Systems, and online/e-assessments has proved invaluable in this transition.

To further enable this, the trend of moving the application estate into the cloud needs to be faster than ever, offering flexibility and collaboration to learners and the educators’ ecosystem.

Data and AI going strong: The learner continuum encompasses schools, higher education, vocational, and workforce, underpinned by assessment and credentialling touchpoints throughout the journey.

A learner-centric approach with personalized, adaptive learning is the key factor in serving the entire spectrum.

The collective performance and behavioral insights from learner data points enable AI to analyze and predict the gaps, with further recommendations for the learner and educator to work collaboratively on a progressive plan.

Organizations and institutions should aggressively adopt a learner-centric and AI-embedded approach to offer the best experience and value from e-learning, further transforming the learner ecosystem.

Enhanced experiences for learners: From targeted courseware learning to microlearning and short-form to user-generated content, providing the best experience to navigate, understand, and upskill is critical.

A unified digital learning experience enabling accessibility and inclusivity and supporting the different touchpoints in a learner’s journey can be achieved by Learning Experience Platforms.

It is imperative to craft this experience in the current content and learning material development approach, making it a part of the direct-to-learner strategy.

None of these themes are brand new, but with a continuously evolving digital learning ecosystem, these need to be carefully considered and positioned well to maximize learning outcomes truly.