The rapid technological advances in today’s climate are facilitating an exciting time for eLearning. In the age of virtual reality, smartphones and flexible working, eLearning platform benefits are coming to light, seeing a rise in the adoption and use of these platforms which are predicted to double by 2022.
Recent eLearning trends have seen blended learning and digitisation become popular to streamline processes without losing the element of human touch, which can make a significant impact on how students take in content. Here we take a look at some of the latest trends in eLearning that are enabling this growth, as well as what we can expect to see being introduced in 2018.
Smartphones, tablets and laptops are taking prominence day-to-day over the desktop, with many students and staff preferring the comfort of their sofa when training or learning rather than a desk. This means an increased focus on eLearning platforms being able to accommodate smaller screens and different formats for an adaptable experience that doesn’t jeopardise the content.
Mobile learning, particularly in the corporate arena, promotes learning and flexibility within the training policies to allow staff an informal and quickly accessible environment. This affords organisations an easier way to train staff without lowering morale or productivity to do it and gives a greater responsiveness to legislation or regulation changes. Performance Support Tools (PSTs) will also increase in use to help support formal on-the-job training, giving employees quick and easy information to boost what they are already doing.
The integration of mobile apps for mobile learning should continue to rise this year too, as they pave the way for interactive elements like video, games, graphics, polling and micro learning in an easy package for recipients. These micro-bites of learning are often for niche topics or singular subjects but improve the delivery of content so learners can absorb it quicker and in an enjoyable, accessible way.
Virtual or augmented reality is becoming more accessible as a technology and even though they are still high-end products, they’re increasingly available in the mainstream. Although it will still be costly to produce, eLearning platforms in the future that offer an immersive experience by integrating AR or VR into their modules could see better outcomes and training. This would allow corporate training to take place virtually, reducing on-the-job risks, particularly in industries with difficult procedures or machinery.
While we could be a way off AI (Artificial Intelligence) in learning currently, it’s not as far in the future as we might think. Automated help desks and BOTs are being used to deal with customer service enquiries or even social options such as time management and reminders. So, seeing an automated, streamlined eLearning system that would use AI to give advice and understanding to students 24/7 in the absence of a trainer or teacher would be an incredible but forseeable leap forward.
These aren’t all of the trends for this year, we can still look forward to further personalisation, gamification and social integration on eLearning platforms but the improvement of mobility and the use of advancing technologies both play a key roles in the growth of the eLearning industry in the future.