While 2015 isn’t over yet, the various trends in the eLearning sphere have been quite interesting so far. Here are some of the top e-learning trends of 2015 that will matter in the future, for sure.
1. Mobile Learning
One of the biggest trends of eLearning isn’t a desktop browser-based affair – and many providers are now well equipped to provide an amazing experience on mobile gadgets, laptops and the like. Web sites are being coded to meet responsive demands, and adapt to changing needs. 2015 has witnessed a trend that has assured people’s learning on varied devices.
2. Personalized Learning
eLearning has allowed personalized learning for students to consume teaching better, and refrain from a rigid and set manner. In 2015, eLearning made huge strides in personalization of education. Now, individuals absorb and learn effectively in different ways, helped by advanced technology.
Courses can now be changed based on needs and student patterns. Students have better choice and control about their approach to learning. Each individual is given a catered program thus enhancing the experience.
3. Introduction of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)
MOOCs were introduced only in recent years but now are known as great educational tools worldwide. The online courses including Udacity, Coursera and edX now include 100 staff members with about 22 universities offering their courses online.
Universities offer courses online for free, but one can expect a bigger emphasis on certification and even might introduce hybrid courses through partnerships between different educational corporations, leading to more professional courses and tailored certifications for affordable prices.
Games in eLearning systems were at best gimmicky a decade back and lacked user engagement. The technology for high-quality games has developed in recent times and some eLearning platforms have offered incredible games that are actually quite educational as well as fun to play. One can get a decent gameplay experience along with learning methodology too. Gamification is expected to be bigger in 2016 as augmented reality puts in long strides compared to other emerging technologies.
5. Tin Can API
Tin Can API is touted as one of the most effective standards for learning technology. With this API, one can track learning experiences of learners, record their daily activities and deliver data that is sharable, trackable and easily quantifiable. Tin Can API helps in capturing the veracity of mobile learning effectively and checks for patterns through games that are based on simulations, serious games, experiential learning modules, social learning activities and other modes of offline learning. Most authoring tools including Storyline, Adobe Captivate 8 and Lectora Inspire have been able to produce Tin Can compatible content. Learning systems such as Moodle and Blackboard have now integrated and adopted Tin Can API for better educational content.
6. Snack Learning
Snack learning that is termed also as byte-sized learning is ruling tea breaks, lunch breaks and the like for learners to make the most of their idle time. The goal of this learning is to introduce short and easy tutorials for learning new subjects. Small chunks of data are made easily available and “consumable.”
7. Location-based Learning
Based on Ambient Research studies, the market for location-based learning products and services has been growing considerably in recent times at the rate of a robust 26.3% while the market revenue is expected to cross $682.13 million by 2016.
Location-based learning boosts mobile learning and easy access to learning material at any place. Learners are looped into content that is local and relevant to their geography. These learning modules are based on efficient mobile sensors (GPS, WLAN).
8. Video Learning
Videos facilitate learning to a great extent since most statistics and studies reveal that a learner can retain visuals much better than textual content. Also, they keep the learner’s attention transfixed to the content on more occasions than one. Watching videos on mobile phones is garnering a huge following and is a big trend to consider for the future.
One can say that automation is a significant game-changer in varied eLearning systems although the present functionality is window dressing at best. One can expect automation as an effective trend in the eLearning process in the near future.
10. Big Data Analytics Integration
eLearning systems are now effective at crunching huge amount of data, leading to improved analytics modules. Analytics will play a vital role in enhancing future learning patterns, effectiveness of varied teaching modules, and integration of student feedback on a massive scale.
11. Cloud Technology
eLearning systems are now slowly migrating to cloud platforms for instant access through a browser or app, better security, a scalable and flexible setup, and much more. The cloud technology is bound to be a mainstay of modern SaaS technology
12. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
BYOD is a huge mobile learning trend for eLearning systems allowing people to use personal devices like smartphones and tablets to the workplace or the educational institute The trend is ideal for organizations that don’t have the budget to provide every learner a device.