Just a few years back the word eLearning wasn’t in our vocabulary, now we can’t live without it.
What does the future hold for eLearning? What are upcoming eLearning trends? The industry has changed so much in just a few short years, and it is getting really hard to predict what’s coming next.
However, a couple of noticeable trends have cropped up lately thanks to new developments within the tech space. We research the latest gadgets and releases which directly impact eLearning. What we discovered is that 2017 will be a really interesting year for eLearners!
If you are a user or a designer of eLearning courses, here are 5 key trends to look out for.
The path for distance learners has multiplied due to the surge of personal electronic devices. 21st century eLearning can now be done through handheld computers, MP3 players, notebooks, mobile phone and tablets. This eLearning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, is known as m-learning or mobile learning. Portable technologies emphasise the mobility of the learner and is convenient in that it is accessible from virtually anywhere. This highly active process is taking the eLearning industry to a whole new level.
People learn better when it’s fun. Researchers have found that embedding game elements into a course can inspire certain behaviours for students. Such as stickability, strategic thinking, improved self-pacing and overall enjoyment of the learning task. Some structured simulations and virtual models are so complex that they are difficult to teach. Through the use of games, the eLearning comes alive in interesting ways. Gamification has introduced elements such as a points system or leaderboard, which encourages repeat participation and a sense of achievement.
Imagine breaking down big tasks into smaller bite-sized pieces. That is the objective of microlearning on many virtual platforms. It’s a successful process whereby people do informal eLearning by gaining knowledge through small units of online curricula. Different sources of micro content are fed to learners through daily routines and tasks. It’s a new way of eLearning that is effective because it chains fragments of information together and supports retention of information in an underwhelming way.
4. Interactive video learning
It’s commonly understood that everyone has different learning styles and needs. Besides having written notes, online modules have incorporated interactive videos to encourage a more experiential type of learning. Getting people to practice what they learn, through a series of instantaneous feedback loops, has produced great results. eLearning authoring tools and instructional design technologies have improved to such an extent that we can put augmented reality into video content. You’re no longer interacting with a screen, but with a whole system talking back to you.
5. Cloud-based Learning Management System
A number of Learning Management Systems (LMS) are now available on the cloud. This caters well for companies that want to reap the benefits of web-based training. There are no updates to worry about. Additionally, employees have access to online training resources whenever and wherever it is convenient for them. In many aspects, corporate training on the cloud removes virtually all of the limitations that currently exist within the online training sector, especially online tools that are more intuitive and interactive.
Who knows where the future of eLearning is headed? The world is rapidly changing – new ideas and technological improvements are changing the landscape all the time. All we can say is, let’s try to keep up with the changes and make the most of new technologies and tools that will create immersive and interactive eLearning courses for the online learners of tomorrow.
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