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EdTech Trends: On-Demand Tutoring

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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Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com.

  • Edgar Wilson

    The gig economy extends its tentacles into the ed sector. This “Uber-ization” of tutoring may have the short-term effect of hurting predictability of income, but it would also seem to expand opportunity for experts and instructors to reach more students, and put their knowledge assets to use in a different way than they might otherwise in their respective fields.

    • Not so sure about a short-term effect. I think things will get worse before they get better for the teaching profession. New post about that will be up in a minute 🙂

  • Prashant Pawar

    I agree, these innovations have impact on tutors and quality of education is some shape and form. I mean if tutor doesn’t get time to prepare then eventually it is going to impact the student at the end. Innovation is only good if it is used to solve a problem and not create another. Quality of education is already a challenge and we don’t want any tech feature/service to add to that problem . I still prefer traditional tutoring (face to face) method. Good post! Thanks Pawar from http://www.newbiggie.com