Over the past decade, technology has trickled down into nearly every aspect of our lives, revolutionizing the way we communicate, bank, shop, and even learn. Various sectors have been ‘tech-ed’ with Fin-tech, Agri-tech, Health-tech, and Retail-tech all emerging as disruptive forces, reshaping these areas of human experience. This includes education, which has become increasingly accessible with the democratization of internet access over the past decade. The COVID-19 pandemic further accelerated the shift towards online learning
Online learning platforms like Udemy, Coursera, Skillshare, and EdX have emerged to meet the growing demand for digital education. This surge in online learning reflects the rapid changes in the world and the diverse needs of learners. Understanding these needs and experiences is crucial, which is where The Consumer Culture Lab (CCL) comes in. Their project evaluates the changing landscape of learning in India, focusing on digital education experiences and exploring opportunities in the education value chain. The study emphasizes the significance of peer collaboration, as peers play a vital role in fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Interacting with peers allows learners to gain diverse insights, challenge assumptions, develop critical thinking skills, and enhance communication and interpersonal abilities. To enhance learners' digital course experiences, the project concludes with an experience strategy framework derived from the comprehensive study. This framework incorporates essential elements and principles, guiding the design of future courses. By integrating these findings, education can evolve to meet the changing needs of learners in the digital era. The project also explores co-learning concepts, including the idea of a learning companion and leveraging friendship for academic success, paving the way for collaborative digital learning formats.