• Drive Product Adoption With AI-Powered Learning Design

    August 18th, 2023

    While the edtech industry is poised for massive growth, large-scale product adoption is key to ensuring business success. For this, edtech providers must ensure customer engagement and industry recognition. 

    A 2023 report by UNESCO highlighted that “the lack of standards to measure quality creates an information asymmetry in the ecosystem, where choosing the appropriate edtech product and adopting it at scale becomes challenging. This decision becomes crucial in resource-constrained contexts since large-scale adoptions have considerable financial implications.”

    Educational products take significant time to develop but become obsolete with every leap edtech makes. Therefore, these products need regular updates and upgrades via open communication channels with all stakeholders while facilitating seamless integration, onboarding, and engagement of all participants.

    Understanding Learning Product Adoption

    Learning product adoption is a broad term referring to the acceptance and integration of technology in education. A change in attitude lays the foundation for using technological innovations to their fullest potential. This means recognizing the technology solution as the best course of action for effective content delivery.

    To ensure product adoption, edtech organizations must cater to adoption across all three frontiers: 

    • Technology as a substitute.
    • Technology as a driver of collaboration and efficiency.
    • Technology as a transformative force to redefine the teaching-learning process.

    Multi-Faceted Benefits of Successful Product Adoption

    • Ensures attainment of learning outcomes among learners.
    • Empowers education and technology providers to gain insights from data analytics to improve content and technology to address learner needs and education requirements better.
    • Expedites learning assimilation, assessment, and feedback to maximize learner growth.
    • Engages learners and fosters learning ownership by providing self-directed, personalized learning opportunities.
    • Allows educators to focus on delivery, eliminating content repetition and record-maintenance time while easing evaluation and feedback.
    • Allows parents and other stakeholders to stay updated on learning progress and evolving learning requirements.

    Challenges in Learning Product Adoption and Ways to Address Them

    While the availability of adequate infrastructure or policies is no longer a concern in adopting technology-driven learning products, certain challenges still need to be addressed.

    Educator Resistance

    Despite the availability of effective tools, educators need help to capitalize on e-learning products. A prominent reason is insufficient training and hesitation to try new technology products. Prioritizing and facilitating teacher literacy regarding digital tools can bolster edtech product adoption.

    Lack of Awareness and Training

    Often, parents and students do not have adequate digital skills to leverage modern tools. There are parental concerns regarding the misuse of technology, which leads to resistance. Communities, educators, and leaders need to ensure that all stakeholders are informed about the following:

    • Benefits of digital learning products
    • Measures to maintain student data security, compliance with FERPA, COPPA, etc.
    • In-built activity monitoring tools to prevent misuse and ensure outcome-oriented learner engagement.

    Interoperability Issues

    Digital systems are already in place for administrative purposes and even planning phases. But legacy systems are difficult to integrate with new-age LMSs that facilitate each stage of content delivery, learning assessment, and feedback. However, newer API-enabled systems offer seamless product delivery and integration with minimal downtime or data loss.

    Budget Constraints

    Budget is still a major obstacle to large-scale adoption, especially in low-income regions. It is the responsibility of educators, technology providers, communities, and policymakers to facilitate access to affordable learning opportunities to build a sustainable digital education ecosystem.

    Data Privacy and Security Concerns

    Ensuring that your edtech products comply with regional, national, and international security and data privacy regulations can boost adoption rates. Leveraging AI to ensure compliance with regulations, and industry standards, such as LTI, QTI, SCORM, etc., can assure all stakeholders of high-quality and compliant products. 

    Overcoming Product Adoption Challenges Across Education Sectors

    K-12 Education

    The K12 segment is a critical segment with the most diverse learning needs despite a comparatively fixed curriculum across the spectrum. Existing learning systems often exclude educators from learning and product design, although they are the closest to the learner and most aware of the inefficiencies of learning products. Also, adoption in this segment cannot afford delays or downtime for transition. Yet, it takes more time to become adept at the latest technologies due to teacher workloads and learner schedules. Finally, increased accessibility is the ultimate differentiator of product adoption as organizations worldwide emphasize DEI-driven learning design.

    The segment requires AI-powered learning solutions to develop adaptable learning materials while ensuring accessibility and accelerating curriculum design, lesson development, and assessments.

    Higher Education

    A key setback in ensuring product adoption in higher-ed is gaps in education and on-the-job skill requirements. Education publishers must collaborate with edtech providers to leverage analytics for determining individual student strengths and suggest career paths that facilitate active learner participation.

    With the rise of MOOCs, learners have access to skill-oriented micro-learning modules. Assimilating them into mainstream learning formats can boost learner retention in the education system and drive edtech adoption in this segment.

    Further, higher-ed has very specific requirements for content types and formats. The good news is that technology has given us the tools to develop learning materials at scale, ensuring on-demand content delivery and maximizing engagement.

    Corporate Learning and Training

    Edtech stakeholders for corporate education include employers, users, developers, administrators, and financiers. Their common goal is to close existing learning gaps and upskill and reskill employees for rapidly changing job roles. A key hindrance in learning product adoption for corporates is inefficiencies in determining organizational learning needs.

    Comprehensive AI-powered tools can facilitate the assessment of skill gaps and accordingly develop learning paths to bridge them. Additionally, these tools can assess learning-to-performance transfer and predict future learning needs for continued learning.

    The Role of Content Distribution Platforms in Driving Adoption

    AI-powered content creation and distribution platforms facilitate seamless product adoption. These tools power requirement analysis, identify appropriate tools to address specific customer requirements and leverage cloud technologies to ensure high-speed delivery. Further, such platforms can provide increased accessibility and affordability because they are flexible, customizable, and scalable. An efficient content distribution platform facilitates the use of technology tools via single sign-on to improve user experience across the educational landscape.

    Creating effective adoption strategies is critical to ensuring long-term product adoption. Here are a few tips to begin with:

    • Design and develop quality products.
    • Optimize multilingual customer support with no-delay responses and multi-way contact points.
    • Invest in understanding the user onboarding and technology integration needs of your clients.
    • Make engagement (within and outside the product) and analysis a priority to facilitate continued product evolution and use.

    EdTech Companies are Prepared to Drive Product Adoption

    A tradeoff still exists between hyper-personalization and efficiency gains with closed-loop digital learning systems. Haphazard edtech adoption exploded during the pandemic, which has prevented the benefits from being fully realized across the teaching-learning process. The most pressing challenge is facilitating the transition to advanced systems that address current and future learning requirements and ensure engaging and outcome-focused teaching and learning experiences.

    EdTech firms are empowering education publishers and institutions to overcome adoption challenges with pluggable tools to assess quality, accessibility, learner needs, and much more. MagicBox™ is a leading provider of comprehensive technology solutions to enhance digital learning product adoption. Join the live demo to see how the platform can fuel growth for your business.