10 eLearning trends to watch in 2016

Being in touch with trends is crucial for anyone responsible for managing and delivering e-learning and training within their organisation. Here are 10 key e-earning trends and foresights to watch out for in 2016.

1. Resources not courses

Courses help prepare you for the future and resources support you in the moment. What is pushing the trend towards building resources is what we refer to as the ‘moments of need’:

2. Gamification

Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear the term gamification. Learning through games seems to be gaining lead popularity these days.

3. Explosion of devices

This particular trend has been popping up for quite some time. Mobile learning itself is still in its infancy and has yet to make a real impact in e-learning. People have a multitude of different devices and they want to learn on all these devices. Although there is not a massive demand from clients at the moment for this, wearable technology will be something to consider in the future, for delivery of e-learning.

4. Responsive design

Responsive design is a the best way to deliver content on multi devices. Deciding what content to omit for smart phones is something to consider, along with the capability of your learners, as responsive e-learning is often a little harder to use. This requires more technical know-how than standard click next e-learning.

5. Continued rise of video

A lot of platforms today use video as their primary delivery mechanism. MOOC’s are one of the most frequently used places that use this media. However, video has a multitude of functions.

6. Authoring in the cloud

Cloud based authoring tools have grown steadily over the past few years. These authoring tools are mobile ready, and can be responsive. As a team working together on an e-learning project, the cloud based authoring tools make really powerful tool, when used as part of a collaborative project.

7. Tin Can (xAPI)

Tin Can or the experience API ties in with accessing e-learning content on multiple devices and resources rather than courses. The notion of Tin Can is that it captures all of that, so no matter what we do, whether that is download a resource or comment on a blog, this is captured as part of our learning experience. Tin Can or xAPI it is record stored and can be accessed by multiple LMS’s.

8. The new blend

The new blend of learning is not just combining traditional classroom methods and online learning. It is combining multi device learning, mixing courses with resources, different learning strategies, and channels such as synchronous with asynchronous. There is a whole ream of possibilities for learning by using a blend of technologies and channels and bringing all these things together to create a new learning experience.

9. Invisible LMS

Users will be looking to access learning without having to overcome any barriers of an LMS. We will be seeing more of the invisible LMS. It will still be tracked and reported on, but learners won’t always have to go to the corporate LMS in order to do their online learning.

10. The self-directed learner

Increasingly what we are seeing more of these days is learners wanting to take charge themselves.

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