eLearning is here to stay. Dusty blackboards, smudged overhead projectors, and over-saturated photocopies sound like many people’s education experience. But take solace in knowing that, in many schools, those factors are in the past. For those who don’t know what it is, eLearning refers to learning that utilizes electronic means to create a more dynamic and instructive learning environment. This manifests through the use of interactive whiteboards, online classes, and so on.
Learn about the trends of eLearning today.
1. Mobile Learning
The increased mobile usage extends to accessing training and learning content via mobile devices. This means that, in order to meet the needs of mobile learners, it’s crucial to build courses with mobile users in mind, and ensure that the materials are responsive and flexible enough to allow publishing to multiple outputs. This will give learners the best experience regardless of which device they access their education or training from.
Microlearning is perfect for the new generation of learners with shorter attention spans. In order to help students absorb knowledge in a more efficient way, it’s essential that information is provided at a rate that matches their ability to focus. This will improve learning transfer and engagement, as well as increase development speed. It will also help to reduce development costs for businesses looking to get the most from their Learning and Development.
3. Personalized Learning Experiences
This trend started with millennials, but as the true digital natives—Generation Z—begins to enter the workforce, organizations will benefit by providing them with personalized learning experiences that include curated and mobile-ready content, gamified content, microlearning assets, and other learning experiences that are in line with their custom of having the internet at their fingertips at all times.
4. Data-Driven Processes
Data influences society in a variety of ways. In the past few years, we have seen the power of data affect individuals and enterprises. One example is the GDPR regulations. Today, it’s vital for designers to not only know the most effective ways to use data to inform their decisions but also learn how to protect the data of online learners as well. They must have a deep knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data in order to reach design decisions, meet the learners’ individual needs, and excel in instructional design.
5. The Rise Of Peer-To-Peer Learning
Much of the soft skills development that is taking place at many organizations around the world happens through learning content that is created by peers and coworkers. According to LinkedIn, soft skills like creativity, analytical reasoning, and persuasion were among the most in-demand skills that businesses were looking to cultivate in 2019. This trend has continued to grow in 2020, and it’s those companies that have the ability to package and scale peer-to-peer learning of this type that’ll make the biggest strides in bridging the ever-widening skills gap.