E-learning is ever evolving. The online learning format has a long history of embracing various developments in the IT sector, to deliver better learning experiences, and 2017 is going to be no different. Here are 4 trending technologies that will shape the world of web-based training in the new year.
1. Increase in the Demand for Cloud-based Learning Applications
Cloud computing tops the list of technological trends that will transform the e-learning landscape in 2017. An increasing number of companies are going for cloud-based solutions,1 including Learning Management systems (LMSs) and authoring tools.
Cost-drivers are the moving force behind the growth of cloud-based learning technologies. Unlike “traditional” e-learning tools, cloud-based technology-enabled learning applications need not be installed on a computer. This eliminates the need for expensive online learning infrastructure, reducing L&D costs. Furthermore, many providers of cloud-based digital learning applications provide flexible pricing options. However, concerns about data security in the cloud will persist in the new year.
2. Growth in the Use of Game-based Learning Solutions
The market for game-based online learning solutions has been on the rise over the last few years, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2017.2 A number of e-learning software vendors such as Articulate, Adobe, and Trivantis are enhancing the game-based learning development capabilities of their products, to meet this growing demand.
The ability of gamified e-learning solutions to deliver stress-free learning and deliver memorable learning experiences is fuelling the demand for game-based learning applications. The phenomenal growth of mobile gaming 3 is compelling many companies to deliver game-based learning content on the smartphones and tablets of their learners.4
3. Rise in the Number of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Based Learning Tools
Various companies are already using Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) based e-learning applications, and this trend is only likely to gather momentum in 2017.5 A number of organizations are showing interest in these cutting edge applications.6
A major factor contributing to the growth of AR and VR based learning technologies is the massive increase in the use of mobile devices.7 The success of products such as Pokémon Go has proven that smartphones and tablets are ideal platforms for delivering AR-based content, while the reducing prices of headsets 8 is making VR-based learning applications more accessible. Check out the post Hyper-Training And The Future Augmented Reality Workplace 9 to find out more about the use of AR-based applications in the corporate world.
4. Spurt in the Use of Wearable Learning Devices
Wearable computing hasdrawn the attention of many people in the online learning world, and interest in this fast-growing trend is not going to subside in 2017.10 The potential of wearable learning devices to enhance performance is immense,11 and this is making them one of the most discussed L&D topics.
Recent advances in hardware technology are paving way for cost-effective and efficient wearable learning applications. For instance, Curie, Intel’s microprocessor has opened new vistas in wearable technology.12
These four e-learning trends will have a profound impact on the corporate training world in 2017. How do you think these cutting-edge technologies would alter the L&D landscape in the new year? We’d love to know.