Every year eLearning design and development is rapidly changing, thanks to the advancements in technology that make eLearning contemporary to the contemporary learner.
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 see some of those trends and how they benefit learners, in detail.
Trend 1: Spurt in the use of curricula
Earlier, eLearning courses were developed as standalone modules. Each module was not related to the other. Things are changing these days and organizations are increasingly thinking in terms of curricula. In order to reduce the cost of eLearning development, organizations are making a portion of the training material into the ILT and some portion into an eLearning.
Trend 2: Shorter learning modules
Byte-sized learning is useful for delivering just-in-time (JIT) training information that allows learners to access the information in real time and apply it immediately. Learners can access relevant information, whenever they need it, which helps them take the right decision.
Information can be accessed during short tea breaks, lunch or in spare time. The short duration of byte-sized courses make them ideal for training adult employees, who have limited span of attention. These courses faciliatate better comprehension, retention and application of the subject-matter.
Trends 3: Responsive learning design
Responsive Learning Design (RLD) allows learners to access online courses on any device effectively. A course designed with RLD adapts the layout of the course to the screen-size of the device on which it is acceesed. This provides optimal viewing experience to learners on all devices.
RLD facilitates efficient use of your learners’ time. They can access online courses even in “dead time” – hours considered generally unproductive, such as time spent in traveling. They can also brush through the information whenever they are free.
Trends 4: Updating existing courses
The number of “mobile workers” is on the rise. Today, many organizations are using mobile devices such as tablet computers and smart-phones to impart training to their people. Firms are making their existing eLearning courses, developed using Flash, compatible with mobile devices by publishing them to HTML5.
The growing demand for mobile eLearning solutions has paved the way for rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate and Lectora that can be used to publish content to HTML5, to occupy the center stage of eLearning development.
Updating existing courses from Flash to HTML5 provides freedom for learners to access the course from any device, without affecting the course reporting functionality.
Trend 5: Translations
Translating the courses into different languages saves SMEs time in travelling across different locations for conducting trainings to their worldwide employees and at the same time it enables them to adhere with government regulations. Learners greatly benefit from translated online courses because they provide them the advantage of learning in their native languages and this results in better understanding of the concepts.
Trend 6: E-learning for training customers
One of the biggest assets for any business organization is its CUSTOMERS. Retaining customers in today’s competitive global business environment is a big challenge.
An inexpensive way to retain a customer in the business circles is to educate your customer. This will improve customer loyalty and satisfaction. There are various modes of online learning that can be used to train customers such as webinars, videos, info graphics, eBooks, mobile applications and so on.
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