Self-paced learning platforms, ranging from tech skills and lifelong learning portals to MOOCs in higher education, have been largely relying on pre-recorded content and asynchronous interaction in forums. This approach, while certainly cost effective, has also been identified as its major drawback as it only too often leads to demotivated, disconnected learners and high dropout rates due to the lack of direct human interaction.
Over the past couple of months we have been noticing a sharp increase in on-demand tutoring features on a variety of learning portals, and the trend now seems to have reached a point where this feature made it on the must-have list for both edtech startups and established players alike.
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