Deepak Kanakaraju, usually known as Digital Deepak on the Internet, has launched his new edtech startup LearnToday.com to make digital education 10x effective and engaging through gamification.
Deepak has been a digital mentor for more than 10 years and he has been mentoring people in the field of digital marketing, freelancing, sales and entrepreneurship. Through his experience of working closely with thousands of students, he has perfected the art of digital mentoring to create massive transformations at scale.
Deepak realized that the digital education system in its current form is at its nascent stage and ineffective. People buy courses online, but they do not engage and complete the courses.
In most of the online education programs, there is no community, no access to a mentor, and no feedback. The completion rate of most online courses is less than 10%. This gives a bad rap for online courses in general and students treat it as a bad investment.
However, digital education can be much better than its current form and be even better than offline education if executed in the right way. Deepak has identified five major focus areas that Digital Mentors can focus on to create a 10x better learning experience for students.
The five major focus areas for online education are:
● Comprehensive and structured digital training modules
● Access to digital mentors for feedback and solving doubts
● Cohort based communities for networking and support
● An incentive to encourage students to apply what they have learned
● Contests and games to encourage participation
Most of the regular online courses in the market just have content and they are not structured well. Online courses are treated like books and most of the purchases become bad investments as the enthusiasm during the enrollment hardly lasts for a week or two. Information overload causes anxiety, and a lack of direction can have negative effects on the digital learning process.
Digital education can be 10x better with structured content, mentorship, community, accountability, feedback, and gamification.
Deepak says, “When I started selling online courses in 2016, I observed that people buy the courses, but the average course completion rate was always less than 10%. I had to reinvent digital education from scratch. We went back to the drawing board and rebuilt the entire system from scratch. With the new model we have designed, we have now mentored and transformed more than 10,000 students. LearnToday.com is being built on the foundation of this new model. I can confidently say that the new model is 10x better.”
Students can use the LearnToday platform to learn from and connect with mentors, do assignments, interact with fellow students, earn incentives through assignment completions, and take part in live projects. LearnToday focuses on experiential learning and mentoring. LearnToday, in the near future, will also help students in creating their digital portfolios and bid on freelance projects.
For Digital Mentors, LearnToday will provide the required tools and resources to maximize new student enrollments, launch cohort-based mentorship programs, incentivize students for their progress, and conduct contests within the platform.
LearnToday is designed to make digital education a transformative and engaging experience rather than just a platform to host digital courses.
To make this happen Deepak is partnering with Vinodh David, a veteran web apps developer and tech entrepreneur with a decade of experience developing large-scale web apps. Vinodh David is the CTO and co-founder of LearnToday.
Deepak’s vision is to make LearnToday.com one of the most effective edtech platforms that will have its primary focus on student experience and transformation.
If you want to learn more about LearnToday’s innovative approach, please visit learntoday.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.