Trends that are driving the course of e-Learning.

The learning and training industry is always evolving. People’s behaviors are changing, as are the technologies and capabilities of e-learning platforms. So what will be the key e-learning trends you need to know this year? Read on for 5 important trends that will matter most to course providers and trainers this year.

  1. Video Learning: Videos are one of the most popular modes of training right now. Organizations are using more and more videos into their training. This can be anything from instructor led training to relevant contextual videos to detailed informational videos. Video is an incredibly high-impact medium with high recall and retention. This is why videos are a popular choice for learners of all profiles and ages.

  2. Social Learning: Social learning is the communication between employees and staff through training forums, online sharing sessions, and learning webinars. Social learning has grown in popularity in recent years as companies have become more tuned in to the importance of building an organisation that is centred around education. As more social learning tools are developed, we believe the use of such platforms will grow this year.

  3. Adaptive Learning: Adaptive learning is the delivery of customised learning experiences that fit the needs of an individual. Take a teacher for instance that helps a student to understand a difficult equation. The teacher will alter their teaching approach to accommodate the student’s questions. Technology can now act in the same way - adapting to the needs and questions that a user presents. With clever use of analytics and data collection the same can be achieved by e-learning providers. So much so that users who are completely confident in a topic can skip that topic and adapt their course content according to their needs.

  4. Microlearning allows course attendees to consume training content and apply new knowledge and skills fast. Microlearning is more than simply summarising topics and teaching modules. Microlearning is laser focussed and offers course attendees just the right amount of information to help the course attendee achieve a specific learning objective. The real beauty about microlearning is that people can learn on the move on a day to day basis. The nature of microlearning means that learners tend not to lose interest in the learning topic and go on to explore further training opportunities.

  5. Gamification Learning: Gamification is the use of gaming during the learning process to increase participation, engagement, and enjoyment for all learners. E-learning providers include points systems, leaderboards, and competitions to achieve this in the education and training space. You probably see gamification a lot already in everyday life without even realising it. Now is the time to starting thinking about how you can use gamification to encourage brand loyalty in the training industry.