Along with the changing needs of learners, eLearning is also evolving and this will have a significant impact on the way in which organizations use the training format to satisfy their needs. Let’s now see some of the latest trends in eLearning.
The primary objective of gamification is to make eLearning courses stress-free and lively, by reducing learner humdrum. Many organizations have started implementing gamified online training to equip their staff with knowledge and skiils related to various organizational functions such as human resources mangement , marketing, customer relationship, etc. Gamified digital courses go a long way in improving staff productivity. Learning design professionals are extensively using gamification to develop effective online courses.
Tin Can API
This is a new specification for learning technology that can track formal as well as informal learning experiences. The evolution of Tin Can API has radically altered the corporate training landscape because this API allows the training departments to correlate productivity data with that of training and evaluate the effectiveness of the online course. For more information, Click here.
Tin Can API allows learners to store their personal learning information and overcome the limitations of LMS as learning could originate and end anywhere on any device. Most importantly, learning could be tracked even when the network connectivity is occasional.
With the advent of devices such as tablets and smartphones, learning is possible, even on-the-move. Today, many organizations provide training to their people through these devices. Survey reports suggest that mobile learning would take a significant place in the training programs of companies as organizations are increasingly integrating mobile learning with more formal learning formats such as classroom training sessions.
HTML5 is playing a key role in the training industry by satisfying the learning needs of mobile workforces. This technology has provided a major fillip to mLearning by facilitating the development of cross-platform apps that could be accessed on any mobile device. It is possible to publish courses to HTML5 using rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate and Lectora.
With information available everywhere, the trend of employees share interesting pieces of information or news, via social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn is growing by leaps and bounds. Modern learning management systems (LMSs) such as Moodle effectively support blogs, discussion forums, podcast, social media, offline messaging, e-mail communications etc. that are widely used to share information.
This new learning paradigm facilitates the development of online courses that are “responsive” to varying screen sizes of different devices ranging from desktop computers to smartphones and provide optimal viewing experiences. This is very useful to eliminate the problems that arise due to the development of multiple versions of online courses, each intended for access on a specific device.
These trends are having a profound impact on the way firms use the online training format. Do add more to this list of game-changers in the eLearning world.