The field of E-learning has witnessed a tremendous growth in the past few years. The typical scenario of E-learning has changed from an affordable alternative to a valuable resource helping thousands of people around the world enhance their knowledge and skills.
Owing to the dynamic nature of the industry, a number of potential new trends are expected to emerge in the coming years, thus ensuring that E-learning is easier to use, customized, and diverse. Let’s take a look at these trends.
The concept of Gamification is not new to the e-learning industry. But because of being expensive and the difficulty of embedding into e-learning courses, it is not being used on a large scale globally. However, many organizations have started focusing on imparting training to their employees in a fun and enjoyable manner. With this welcoming change in organizations, this type of learning is all set to take off.
2. Cloud Based Learning
Though many organizations are still skeptical about the usage of cloud, owing to the additional functionalities being offered, this type of learning is going to be the next big thing. By making use of the cloud technology, learners can access courses anywhere and at any time –there are no maintenance issues to worry about – this paves the way for a more private learning experience.
3. Social Media Learning
The usage of Social Media has increased many folds during the recent years. It is not an exaggeration to say that almost every person has an account in one or the other social networking sites, be it Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, etc. Social Media sites offer a wide range of options to engage learners across the world. With discussion boards in LinkedIn, Facebook and interactive sessions in Twitter, learning never occurs in isolation. It is accompanied with loads of fun and interactions.
4. Customized E-Learning
Organizations are in the process of expanding their operations to new shores due to which, consistent training to all employees simultaneously is becoming difficult, especially when dealing with employees who are on the opposite sides of the globe. Being tailor-made to the specific needs of the global audiences, customized E-learning is a solution which is already being used by organizations worldwide. By embedding videos, simulations, and scenarios which relate to the particular company’s services, training can be made even more engaging with customized e-learning.
5. Big Data
The latest buzz word in the field of data analytics, Big Data in terms of e-learning, refers to data the learner produces while taking the learning content online. Being a new and very useful tool, Big Data has the ability to analyze programs and their effectiveness on the training outcomes. This includes altering, adding, and deleting some details about the key features of the course. With all the data in hand, another expectation from this tool is its ability to identify how learners learn. By knowing this, a guaranteed training can be provided which is successful at all times.
6. Mobile Learning
With more and more people relying on mobile devices daily, we are witnessing an exponential increase in the usage of mobile phones,ranging from Smartphones to tablets. By making E-learning modules compatible with mobile screens, learners can have access to their ‘own’ e-learning modules which they have with them and access whenever they want, just via an Internet connection.
7. Micro Learning
Micro learning refers to the delivery of training content in the form of small information nuggets. In this method, the content is broken down into several independent chunks, which take less than 10 minutes. Byte-sized learning provides better retention rates and helps provide a personalized learning experience to the learner.
With so much to look forward to in the e-learning sector, we can expect e-learning to become easier to use, customized and diverse.