Designing a new subscription business model for Future Learn
FutureLearn is an online education platform founded in 2012 by The Open University. The platform offers short courses, programs, and university degrees on a wide range of topics.
FutureLearn wanted to change the way learners pay for some of its online courses. Instead of one-off payments, learners would pay a recurring monthly fee, and keep regular and unlimited access to the courses. In addition, they would be able to enjoy a 7-day free trial.
Understand the pain points of the existing subscription service
During the discovery phase, I worked closely with multiple stakeholders to analyse Unlimited, the existing subscription service provided by FutureLearn. By carrying a customer experience mapping workshop we were able to identify some of the learner's pain points and opportunities for improvement,
Ideating innovative subscription services
After identifying a few opportunities for improvement, we have decided to carry a Mashup ideation workshop. The aim was to bring odd and unexpected things together to spark fresh ideas and help to shape a new business model.
- How might we provide better ways of paying for courses?
- How might we bundle courses in a way that benefits learners?
- How might we persuade learners to pay for our products?
- How might we establish a long-term relationship with learners?
At the same time, we analysed the competitive landscape across multiple sectors: education, arts & entertainment, media, etc
The solution: ExpertTracks
A business decision was made, based on user research and market insights, to create an upskilling service for professionals looking to boost their employability. ExpertTracks are carefully curated series of online courses that focus on specific areas of learning.
The user experience was devised taking into consideration 3 different periods:
- before the subscription.
- during the subscription.
- after the subscription.
As part of the Purchases team, my main focus was subscription management. This includes functionalities such as:
- canceling subscription.
- adding payment methods.
- set favourite payments methods.
Visuals – Subscription Management
Finally, visuals were created employing FutureLearn’s design system