Digital education in 2019 will become more efficient, innovative and accessible. Here are some of the most important trends to watch out for as they continue to unfurl and develop over the next 12 months.
Most of us will admit that we’re addicted to our smartphones, these pocket companions can distract us not only during our free time but during our work and learning hours too. Many learners find themselves magnetically drawn towards checking their notifications during that boring training session or sneakily playing “fruit ninja” during math class. However, with rapidly increasing demand for mobile-friendly learning tools and apps, our once time-sapping devices may yet prove an educational boon. We can expect 2019 to bring us content that’s designed exclusively for our smartphones, and material that renders equally well on both our smartphones and our desktops. Our preoccupation with our phones may come in handy when we use them as tools to learn with and from; Brain- 1, Procrastination- 0.
2.Artificial Intelligence isn’t so scary after all
When people think of A.I. (artificial intelligence) their minds may flit to malevolent robots taking over humankind and putting us in ‘people zoos’, but they also may become a huge contributor to the future of eLearning. By analysing student-tutor interactions, reviewing content that students are repeatedly finding problematic, and even performing real-time troubleshooting, A.I. could refine the interaction gap that is sometimes found within eLearning and inform instructional designers of the areas that need work. The stereotypical automated chat-bot could prove itself very useful indeed!
3.The rise of the LXP
LXP’s, or learning experience platforms are the quickly gaining popularity due to their student-centred approach. Practicing autonomy over what one wants to learn allows active involvement within the process and is a great deal more engaging and encouraging than absorbing generalized or prescriptive information. eLearning developers are hurriedly jumping on board to cater for the demand for this huge LMS trend in 2019, and people are anticipating the implementation of these fresh, new LXP’s, maybe you should too.
4.Making it Personal
Personalized learning solutions help to avoid the issues that come with a “one size fits all” mentality to eLearning; with the vast range of personalities and learning styles out there, one generalised method will simply not work for everyone. By offering role-based content, specifically catered towards the student’s skill-set and offering an individualised plan, this customized (and therefore effective) approach is one of the most prominent 2019 Predictions for eLearning, and it’s only going to get bigger, with eLearning solutions set to double by 2022…
Technology and education are no longer just co-existing, but finely integrating to reconceptualise and completely reform the way we learn. As eLearning makes its way onto our mobile devices, virtual reality and even into A.I., we are headed towards a much more refined and personalized way to educate ourselves, from the classroom to the workplace, to sat by the fireplace!