Crafting a Richer eLearning Experience: 8 Key Trends for 2019
The world is changing at a staggering speed, and so do the ways we learn about it.
We’re only a couple of months into this year, but the eLearning environment is already richer, more flexible, and more effective than it was at the end of 2018.
These are the new trends to drive its progress in 2019 and beyond.
1. Content Curation
Wherever you look, content still reigns supreme.
This year, old-schools educators will join online course creators in a practice called content curation – the act of discovering, collecting, and delivering digital information in an organized manner.
Learning will be democratized, with plenty of credible sources for everyone.
Another great benefit of content curation is that it provides up-to-date information, thus keeping the eLearning environment in the loop with recent scientific discoveries.
As platforms for organized information sharing, LMS software systems will play a big part in this trend.
Content curation will stay huge for years to come.
2. Video-Based Learning
Among many other actionable insights from last year’s Wyzowl’s 5th annual State of Video Marketing Survey, the following two were especially useful to eLearning experts:
- 2018 was a big year for video, but 2019 will be bigger.
- Consumers love videos as a learning tool.
So yes, video content will come in handy to online educators looking to promote their courses.
At the same time, video-based learning material will attract students who prefer interactive, multimedia courses over traditional text-based modules.
For people in a hurry, videos are simply more convenient. As a precursor for microlearning, it organizes courses in highly engaging and easily consumable chunks of information.
3. Mixed Reality Tech
VR, AR, and MR are making a revolutionary breakthrough in teaching and learning.
This cutting-edge tech is enabling experiential learning in a controlled environment.
In practice, that means that students can walk through the streets of ancient Greece, take a sneak peek into a beating heart, or orbit around Earth. The possibilities are endless.
The experience may not be real, but it’s still fully immersive.
In the context of L&D and corporate training, mixed reality tech allows professionals across sectors to hone applicable skills through real-life simulations.
For instance, salespeople can test and improve their conversion techniques without the risk of losing a big client.
Similar to mixed reality is gamification, another innovative approach to teaching and learning that helps boost engagement and improve retention across the board.
Educators have been using gamification as a way to motivate students for decades. Competitions, point scoring, and quizzes have long been a part of traditional classrooms.
As motivational tools, these elements are even more engaging in an online environment, where technology helps course creators craft game-based learning paths.
In 2019, we’ll see this trend encourage risk taking, decision making, analytical and critical thinking, as well as problem-solving in online courses and corporate training programs alike.
5. Social Learning
eLearning relies on collaboration to spread knowledge across the world.
Thanks to limitless connectivity and 24/7 availability, the internet connects people from different cultures and learning environments.
This doesn’t just enable, but also promote an open exchange of information and ideas through eLearning platforms.
Discussion forums and course competitions are already being included in LMS software solutions.
Many of these resemble social media sites and offer live chat options, social streams, groups, and team-based learning. This is especially important in corporate training.
88% of employees thrive in a collaborative work culture.
We wouldn’t be surprised if this number continued to climb this year.
6. AI and Digital Mentorship
Artificial intelligence is yet to break new frontiers of eLearning, though its current contribution is not negligible either. It certainly opens up new learning possibilities.
Like 24/7 mentorship, for instance.
AI chatbots and voice-activated smart assistants are helping not only home-schooled students with special needs but all learners in need of real-time guidance.
When integrated with LMS software, AI assistants can memorize entire knowledge bases and provide answers, solutions, and learning materials as needed.
As artificial intelligence grows smarter every year, 2019 will certainly open a new exciting chapter in this ongoing partnership between educators and machines.
7. Adaptive Learning
Adaptive learning relies on technology to deliver highly personalized learning paths and enable continual improvement through performance tracking and thorough analysis.
Adaptive LMS software systems are at the forefront of this forward-looking trend.
These are only a few of its benefits:
- Being mobile-responsive, it delivers knowledge straight to your pocket.
- It’s time-efficient and flexible enough to ensure continual L&D.
- Thanks to multimedia and interactive content, it’s also very engaging.
The effectiveness of adaptive learning has been tested and proven time and time again, which is why it won’t go anywhere anytime soon.
This major trend is a cornerstone of all progressive eLearning approaches, from blended learning to digital mentorship.
In another lucky match, education partners up with technology to deliver learning experiences that are accessible on-the-go, anytime, and anywhere.
mLearning is such a huge trend that it spurs trends of its own.
In 2019, mobile users can expect a wider adoption of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, aimed to encourage studying during free time in both schools and offices.
More LMS platforms will make a switch from mobile-friendly to mobile-responsive design to facilitate mobile-first learning in both formal and informal environments.
With that, mLearning will become more personalized.
It’s official now – the future is looking very bright for all those committed to continual learning and development.
2019 will only consolidate the importance of these leading eLearning trends and ultimately establish them as an industry staple.
Author Bio: Kamy Anderson is an ed-tech enthusiast with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. He is an expert in learning management system & eLearning authoring tools – currently associated with ProProfs Training Maker.
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