eLearning has come a long way since those early 90s PowerPoint presentations and Flash widgets. Digital learning today is a multimedia experience powered by the latest technology, focused on getting the best results from everyone who engages with educational content.
The demands are higher than ever, too, with a plethora of eLearning platforms available now – a list that continues to grow on a yearly basis. Which means content publishers need to keep up with the latest trends in eLearning and here are seven key developments that are already shaping 2019.
Data-driven, multilingual & personalised eLearning
Like most industries, one of the biggest developments in eLearning is the rise of data-driven technology. This opens a new world of possibilities for content creators and learners alike, driving many of the latest trends we are seeing take hold in 2019.
It is important to understand why data-driven technologies are so powerful, though. It all comes down to audiences and delivering the best experience for a diverse range of people. This is another crucial theme in the trends shaping eLearning this year.
So, here they are:
- Multilingual material: The only way for eLearning publishers to maximise their reach in 2019 is to create multilingual content and this means integrating some quality eLearning translation into your strategy.
- Personalised content: Language is not the only thing that defines how we learn; in fact, countless studies show we all learn in different ways and this is one of the biggest ways big data can improve eLearning – by allowing publishers to personalise content.
- Microlearning: An established trend in eLearning that publishers cannot afford to ignore in 2019. Small, memorable and applicable lessons make the most impact and this is a learning strategy that is crucial for achieving the most efficient learning process.
- Gamification: Aside from increasing engagement, gamification can speed up the learning process and make lessons more memorable by embedding them in a captivating narrative. This applies in cases of eLearning designed for adults just as much as for children.
- Assisted learning: Chatbots and personal assistants have received a lot of press over the past few years (and a bit too much hype), but eLearning is one area where the technology is making a genuine impression. If you are looking to provide a personalised learning experience, this is an avenue you definitely want to explore.
- Cross-platform learning: Learners should not be restricted to a single device or location; they should be able to engage with material anywhere, anytime – and this requires a truly cross-platform experience.
- VR/AR eLearning: This is another technology that has been overhyped, but pilots have been training to fly with VR platforms for decades and the learning potential is very real. Putting learners in practical (albeit virtual) situations where they learn through experience not only makes lessons more memorable (both mentally and physically), but it also allows them to improve habits through experiential learning.
While many of these trends are only now possible thanks to the latest data-driven technology, they all have the same goal: delivering the most effective learning experience to different audience and even individual learners.
The rise of personalised learning
While eLearning translation and multilingual material are not new concepts, the latest innovations in big data, AI and machine learning mean publishers are able to personalise the learning experience to a much greater extent than ever before.
The idea is to make the same piece of content engaging to diverse audiences and keep them engaged throughout the learning process. The beauty of machine learning is that you can now adapt these processes as people learn, based on the way they interact with your content.
Static eLearning material is becoming a thing of the past. Today’s learners want constant feedback – personalised feedback, at that. Which is why gamification has become so prevalent in today’s most engaging eLearning resources. Even the simple act of giving learners a profile with achievements, goals and scores that are relatively easy to constantly improve (as well as more challenging tasks along the way) allows learners to see the progress they are making and incentivises them to keep going.
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