E-learning is evolving along with the changing needs of learners, and this will have a significant impact on the way organizations use the training format to satisfy their needs. Training managers need to embrace the latest trends in the world of online training to get the best out of their training budgets.
Let’s now see some of the latest trends in eLearning.
1. Mobile learning: 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.
Advantage: Allows self-pace learning and collaborative learning.
2. Responsive learning design: 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 provides 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.
Advantage: Easy to maintain and effortless multidevice adaptation
3. Rapid authoring tools: As its name suggests, rapid authoring software can be used to cut down development time of online courses drastically. It is possible to develop courses in 40% less time than it would take to develop courses using tools used traditionally, such as Flash. Today, it is possible to develop a 30-minute digital course in about 4 to 5 weeks.
Advantage: Rapid authoring tools (Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate and Lectora) can publish courses to HTML5, a format that is highly mobile-friendly.
4. Gamification: Learners will learn efficiently when they are involved in games or in an activity. Games, if used effectively in eLearning courses, will increase the learner’s engagement by capturing and retaining his attention.
Advantage: Play-based learning increases learner’s attention span, accelerates learning and improves retention of knowledge.
These trends are having a profound impact on the way firms use the online training format. Hope you find this blog useful.