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5 Trends in E-learning Design and Development

Written By Induja Gurukuntala

5 Trends in E-learning Design and Development

With the changing learning requirements, eLearning is also adapting to the new trends that significantly impacts the organizations training to achieve their training goals. Let’s have a look at some of the hottest eLearning design and development trends.

Increasing training domains:

Increasing training domains

There are a number of training domains in organizations that are opting for training. A few common training domains are:

  •  Product training
  • Compliance training
  • Software training
  • Supply Chain Management training
  • Information-security training

 Involvement of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Involvement of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

SMEs are experts in a specific subject or a topic. They help in developing the training material and are also responsible for validating its accuracy.

Now-a-days,  there is a tremendous increase in the number of SMEs and the degree of their involvement in and during the course development. Many a time, these SMEs are also the members of the stakeholders’ team.



There is a drastic shift towards shorter byte-sized modules that are part of a larger curriculum. Byte-sized courses are very useful to deliver just-in-time (JIT) training. The duration of each module is carefully determined, keeping in mind the adult attention spans. For example, a 1 hour course is fragmented into 4 modules of 15 minutes each. This allows the learners to access the information, whenever they need.

These modules enable better comprehension,longer retention and correct application of the  the subject matter.

Comprehensive learning curricula

Comprehensive learning curricula

Learning curricula are now on the rise! Companies are increasingly moving way from stand-alone courses to eLearning curricula.  ELearning curricula are preferred by many organizations because they give the SMEs a comprehensive idea of the whole course, and the learners get an in-depth understanding of the subject matter.

Curriculum-based training also ensures that all the modules are consistent throughout the course.

Rise of Authoring Tools

Rise of Authoring Tools

Today, there are several authoring tools available in the marketplace catering to diverse learning needs. Authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Articulate Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Lectora and so on are in high demand.

Many organizations have developed their courses using “traditional”  tools such as Flash, and these courses are not compatible with mobile devices. By using rapid authoring tools to publish these courses to HTML5, companies are making their learning content accessible on the mobile devices of their learners. These mobile eLearning courses can be accessed anytime, anywhere and thus break the shackles of time and place.

Changing training requirements and learning styles of the learners impact  the way learning is delivered, and hence new trends pop up every year. These are just a few of them. Please share your thoughts and ideas on the trends of eLearning.

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