The 21st century marks the beginning of the future. We have already entered into the future and technology is going to cover most of the ways we could learn and develop. It is our sole responsibility to look into the latest technology trends that are going to dominate the eLearning industry.
Technical terms like Automation, Gamification and responsiveness would be a matter of great talk over the next year and beyond. If you are an eLearning provider, knowing more about those technologies will not only keep your pace with the modern day learners but also enhance your corporate training strategy.
I bring you the top 6 learning trends impacted by technology and are going to sustain for the next decade or more.
- Automation – Automated Course Authoring
This is a new concept in the world of eLearning. Although the last year we saw different authoring tools like sophisticated themes, eLearning templates, and other online assets, this year it will go to a whole new level.
How are the eLearning professionals going to be benefited with this? Automation has caused a huge reduction in the cost of eLearning courses and course development time. Now creating eLearning assessments and games is no more a trouble.
In addition to that, automation has made it easier to detect the learner’s preferences and customizing them in different aspects of learning than before.
- Augmentation – Wearable Technology Training
Different wearable technologies like Oculus Rift, Google Glass and the Apple Watch are continuously gaining popularity. These gadgets give the learners a more dynamic way of learning. This enhances their accessibility and engagement in learning.
It is also expected that virtual reality would entirely revolutionize learning in the near future. 3D simulations and virtual world creation tools have the potential to redesign the learning process as we see now. The learners would walk in virtual training environments and experience more meaningful eLearning games.
With the growing advancement in technologies, the day is no longer when Virtual Reality will cover up an entire eLearning space.
- Gamification – Learning Through Games
This category is increasingly becoming popular these days. Entertainment merged with learning is one great way of enjoying studies. No wonder all signs point towards the fact that it would some day become an integral part of learning and development.
When it comes to training, corporate entities have started feeling the importance of gamification more nowadays, especially if loath and unmotivated employees are involved.
The companies involve various levels of the game which the learners need to complete, with each level focusing on a specific lesson or a topic. No matter whether you have a prior game design experience, you can still develop great winning serious games. All credits goes to the advanced authoring tool-sets that include lots of learning templates, themes and asset libraries.
- Responsive Learning Management Systems (RLMS)
The best thing about responsive design courses is that they are accessible on all platforms and devices and hence, contribute hugely to employees development. The LMS or authoring tool automatically adjusts the eLearning course elements according to the screen. It fits the text blocks to images and gives a great experience in different screen size and resolution.
Thus an ideal Learning Management System for a company is the one that features a built-in previewer and customization tool. These features help you get a glimpse of the eLearning course designed by you in different devices like mobile phones, laptops or tablets.
- Big Data
Big Data plays a major role when it comes to eLearning and employees development in recent times. The developers get the flexibility to enhance the eLearning courses, customize eLearning activities and gather valuable details on learning behaviors, patterns, and preferences.
Here, you can also use the analytics tools, built into a number of Learning Management Systems to improve your eLearning strategy and also make sure that all the aspects of your eLearning course is in perfect alignment with your objectives or goals.
Apart from all this, there are numerous other feedback tools that you can utilize, such as focus groups, surveys, and eLearning assessments. However, nothing can beat big data analytics when it comes to concrete stats and figures that dwell into each element of your eLearning experience.
It is advised that while choosing a Learning Management System, you need to ensure that it offers features related to reporting and focuses on key areas of your eLearning courseware and audience research.
- Cloud Computing – Cloud Based Learning
The benefits of cloud are not unknown to anyone. Hence most of the companies are switching to cloud technology, and that includes their Learning Management Systems as well. Cloud based technologies were seen to surge in 2016 due to the reason that it is far more beneficial than the others.
Companies which opted for cloud technologies got the opportunity to reduce their online training costs and make it more accessible for their employees, and trainees in the case of training providers. For them, scaling their online training services and updating the content with new features and specs became a matter of just a few minutes.
This encouraged the others to adopt cloud technologies as well.
Now the question arises, are you using these technologies already? If not, then I would suggest you grab them at the earliest. Staying ahead in the race would never be so easy by adopting latest technologies for eLearning. In fact, an updated usage of technology would reflect you are pre-planned and proactive.