The year 2020 was like no other year before, but for those involved with Learning & Development in the eLearning industry, the year has provided some major and rapid growth.
With rising work-from-home trends and all educational institutions operating remotely, many eLearning and education technology opportunities presented themselves to be quite useful.
With e-Learning mobile app development, online learning has entered a new level and has made learning possible even during a global pandemic.
Mobile Learning replacing Mobile Readiness
No doubt, mobility has turned to be a very crucial part of day-to-day lives for billions of people. Previously, training contents were built with the desktop users in mind, and then it was modified as per the need for mobile users.
As the number of mobile users continues to increase and more users are developing a strong attachment to mobile learning, the traditional processes will be reversed.
Mobile learning is reaching maturity as in 2019, there was a rapid increase in Educational app development solutions, but these solutions turned out to be more of desktop versions. The best solution to mobile learning is not out yet but we are already fascinated by the transformative potential of mobile technology.
Inevitable Advancement of Immersive Technologies
Immersive technologies create a unique and different experience by merging the physical world with digital reality. Such technologies include Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
Similar to Artificial Intelligence(AI), immersive technologies have the potential to change the features of eLearning.
VR includes the use of interesting elements like real interaction, 360-degree photography, etc. in the training material, and together, these features integrate to bridge the gap between real application and bookish theory. Its concept of distance learning has been of great help in corporate training where working-from-home is the new norm.
In eLearning, AR is considered the most convenient technology in eLearning. As the name suggests, this technology augments and also facilitates the use of graphics and images in the pre-existing training material.
Being in a very initial stage, these technologies have been delivering very promising results.
For nearly half a decade, this has been a buzzword in the concept of eLearning and is going to continue for 2021 as well. It is a method of quick knowledge consumption, based on skill learning. This is done by breaking the concept into micro-units and allowing the learner to understand the concept with minimum effort.
This concept is a strong option for corporate training as it can be done on any available device, including desktops and mobiles. And secondly, it allows the organization to provide purposeful and unbiased knowledge tailored to the wants and needs of each learner.
With decreasing attention scale, more and more organizations will adopt the concept of microlearning.
There’s nothing new in this concept but for eLearning, video-content has been an important part.
Over the last few years, video content has exploded, pushed by the rapid growth of video-content sharing platforms. Thinking of the year 2020, you can’t think of anything that has been in-use more than videos.
Video content has made quick learning easier and has also increased retention rates as the animations being used in videos are making content more comprehensible.
Today, learners prefer to have video content for demos, tutorials, conceptual learning, etc. rather than having all of these in textual format.
Since the pandemic occurred, most of the teaching all over the world is now being delivered either over virtual classrooms or through videos, and preferably this will be continued for upcoming years.
Say it for higher education, as well as the business or corporate world, Artificial Intelligence(AI) has been one of the most boiling eLearning trends. This emerging technology has its disruptive power set free on today’s learning and development. Without the need for manual intervention, AI has been opening up immense potential for customization in the field of eLearning. The AI-powered chatbots are finding a rise in their use in eLearning platforms.
AI would continue to grow and will be the top-rank trend in technology and eLearning for upcoming years. It will help one in interpreting the data or reports of the learner’s performance, or in personalizing the learning experience.
In 2021, it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of AI tutors and the platforms using machine learning algorithms.
Game-Based Learning and Gamification
Gamification is a set of activities and processes to solve problems and make decisions using game elements.
In eLearning, gamification is done through implementing game design elements that try to get user attention and increase satisfaction with the learning process.
For educational institutions and companies, gamification helps to contribute to a higher level of learner satisfaction, reducing dropouts and increasing productivity by providing entertaining elements.
Using gamification and game-based learning allows learning institutions and enterprises to create abstract incentives that drive successful training results.
Content Curation and Creation tools
The speed of change across 2020 was very quick with so many modifications in safety-related protocols, compliance training, work processes, and policies. The Internet has been a knowledge base with plenty of information about any topic or subject you wish to learn.
The excess of information makes it challenging to recognize the appropriate pieces of content. Now, at this point, content curation is injected. Curation helps you overcome this confusion of getting appropriate information and presents you with the most relevant resources for appropriate learning.
These trends are here to stay for 2021 and ahead. E-learning has made both conceptual and practical learning easier. Even though the trends in eLearning would come and go, the above-discussed trends will not become irrelevant in the coming years.
Consagous Technologies is one of the leading companies in providing Educational app development services. With highly skilled professionals in the team, you can be assured of the best learning solutions to your requirements.