6 eLearning Trends You Can’t Miss in 2019
Are you looking for innovative ways to advance your career? Do you want to engage in effective eLearning that will help you enhance your skills and realize your full potential?
Whether you’re an employer or employee, finding new ways to learn should always be on your daily plate. There’s always room for improvement, and knowledge truly is power.
You certainly see a lot of new eLearning trends every year. It can be tough to cut through the noise and choose the best trends to follow. Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are the six most relevant eLearning trends that you can expect to see not only in 2019 but for many years to come. Adopting them will help you quickly master your skills and set sail for great career advancement.
1. Creating Microlearning Content
More and more organizations are creating content for microlearning, as it’s focused on faster learning and better knowledge retention.
Microlearning content is objective-driven and broken down into small, bite-sized, easily-digestible chunks. Each usually takes a couple of minutes only, and each is designed for a specific outcome.
You can quickly go through microlearning modules (and as many of them as you want), and revise them anytime, anywhere.
This trend is popular among employers, and anyone else looking to advance their career, precisely because of its flexibility and easy-to-understand format. Finding time to learn when you already have a lot on your plate every day is challenging, and microlearning makes things easier.
You’ll see the most benefits from this eLearning trend if it’s delivered in the form of videos, quizzes, infographics, games, and any other engaging learning format.
2. Adopting AI and Virtual Assistants
Organizations are increasingly offering AI solutions to help learners improve their skills. Tools powered by AI can analyze learners’ performance and predict their behavior.
They can then provide proactive and effective help both on their learning path and during their eLearning courses.
Coupled with online training software, AI solutions can bring a lot of benefits to learners. They can collect the data from their learning paths, and personalize the learning experience.
They can keep learners engaged, and provide assistance in their time of need. The best application of AI are chatbots or smart virtual assistants.
AI-driven chatbots can provide 24/7 assistance, giving instant and relevant answers to questions, and providing links to learning resources. They can be voice-guided, and even help people master their learning materials.
3. Embracing VR, AR, and MR
Virtual reality and augmented reality can also improve the eLearning experience greatly. They can help you practice everything you learn in a safe environment, through simulations that feel real.
Both VR and AR can immerse you in a realistic experience, helping you practice every single one of your skills actively.
Precisely because of their highly immersive nature, they are becoming more and more popular. They’re not widely used just yet, but they’re certain to find their way into every industry before long.
MR (mixed reality) provides an even more immersive learning experience, as it combines the best of VR and AR.
It overlays the real-world environment with digital elements that you can interact with. All of this is perfect for surgical practices, aviation, and any other field that requires precision and utmost care.
4. Offering Video-Based Learning
Video-based learning is an eLearning trend that has wide usage, and for good reasons. Training with the help of video-based content can help you retain much more information than you ever could with any text-based content.
Most online training software can deliver video-based content easily, making it an integral part of eLearning.
Videos can be delivered in both traditional eLearning formats, and short formats designed for microlearning.
The most popular ones are interactive videos that can improve the level of engagement and knowledge retention considerably.
Given the popularity of videos in general, this trend for eLearning is bound to continue to grow.
5. Implementing Gamification
Gamification isn’t only about implementing games that help learners practice their skills. It’s also about introducing game-like elements into eLearning.
These elements (scoreboards, badges, levels, and learning paths) keep learners engaged and motivated. They do so because they make learning fun and highly interactive.
When you get points and badges for every learning activity you complete, you don’t really feel like you’re learning. You feel like you’re playing a game, and you push yourself harder to complete it. That’s why many employers are enhancing their online training software with gamification.
Not only can it improve your brainpower and problem-solving skills
6. Content Curation and Self-Directed Learning
Content curation helps learners by providing them with relevant learning resources whenever they need them, and effectively addressing all their pain points.
With this trend, you can either choose the learning path recommended in your eLearning course, or you can create your own. It’s all about convenience and flexibility.
It also enables you to tap into learning resources in the public domain, and even create user-generated content.
This trend often goes hand in hand with self-directed learning, as it allows you to choose what, when, and how you want to learn, as well as over what time frame. It gives you control over your own learning path.
Hopefully, you now understand the impact of these eLearning trends and their benefits. Adopting them will greatly enhance your eLearning experience, and help you quickly advance in your career.
If you want to make your training more effective and relevant this year, you should seriously consider adopting all these trends. They’re bound to stay relevant for many years to come, so the sooner you adopt them, the sooner you can reach the top of the corporate ladder.
Now that you’ve gotten all that new knowledge under your belt, is the perfect time to take a look at some of the cool job openings we have live on Jobbatical.
Kamy Anderson is an ed-tech enthusiast with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. He is an expert in learning management system & eLearning authoring tools – currently associated with ProProfs Training Maker.