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The eLearning industry has revolutionised at an incredible pace due to technological and cyber industries advances. With the continuous evolution of its components and the lockdown of schools due to the pandemic, coming years will be considered the renaissance period of the entire eLearning industry. Some trends will form the future of the educational system towards digital learning. 

About eLearning

eLearning is related to the use of electronic technologies in academic curriculums, beyond the limitations of a traditional classroom. It has become increasingly popular over the past decade, especially among youth.

The years with pandemic and closed schools and universities thought us that eLearning was usefull and relevant in new ways.

With eLearning, it has become possible to take a lecture even without being physically present in a classroom. With technological advancement, all that is required is a high-speed internet connection to easily access the lectures online, and in the comforts of your home. There are innumerable calling, texting, and video conferencing apps that allow educational institutes to provide distant training and education to their students. [1]

eLearning ranges from learning online, distant education, computerized electronic learning, audiovisual tutorials, live video streaming, video calling, and various others forms. Basically, you will need to choose a learning system that best suits your everyday schedules and budget.

The corporate environment has become more competitive these days, with employees having to keep earning certifications in order to receive more growth opportunities. According to the CEO of InlineDesign, “eLearning is the best option for professionals and people who are already employed because it allows them with the flexibility to earn new certifications, without having to spend time and money on travelling to their courses.” [1]

1. Gamification

Going by the eLearning trends, more and more people are accepting this form of education because it is highly interactive and fun-filled, nothing less when compared to the traditional classrooms.

For example, video games that enhance brainpower and general IQ, boost hand-eye coordination. Games increase the ability of a person to switch between multiple tasks and intake several ideas to find a solution to a problem. Such kind of training helps individuals in improving their decision-making skills, which is a valuable asset in the long run.

Game-based learning will become one of the pillars of the eLearning strategy as organisations are willing to spend more and more on the gamified learning experience. Gamification’s existing use has shown the world how useful it can be as it boosts the engagement and retention of learners and induces healthy competition among learners.

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2. Microlearning

Microlearning is a beneficial method to implement learning in tiny chunks that are goal driven. eLearning can be easily and rapidly introduced and deployed in any organization. It definitely works out much cheaper than setting up a real classroom. If you have good teachers, then you can provide top quality education to students from just about anywhere around the globe.

This technique benefits learners by helping them grasp modules quickly and repeating the learning lesson several times as well. Microlearning can easily be implemented in the form of small games, videos, infographics, and quizzes.

3. Artificial Intelligence

Organizations have slowly started offering brand new solutions where bots teach learners at the time of the courses and also on their path of learning. Artificial Intelligence can help in predicting the behaviour of a learner, and personalizing their learning experience. It supports learners in their learning and also in times of need.

4. Cloud-Based Systems

Most of the Learning Mangement Systems today are integrated with cloud-based systems because they allow high-level efficiency and maximum security. They also help in cutting down training costs quite significantly.

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5. Big Data

Big Data provides beneficial advantages to both developers and learners. Here, the data is gathered through Content Management Systems, Learning Management Systems, and social networking sites. This allows learners to effectively interact with learning programs.

Big data analytics include all user-produced content during their interaction with the training module of your eLearning platform. By collecting and analysing the user data, you can adapt to the unique needs of your learners.

The world is evolving, and so is the way people learn. Tactics used yesterday for a practical learning experience may not work for you tomorrow. The needs of the learners are changing and demanding more personalised attention. To provide a customised learning environment, we need to tight grip big data analytics.

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6. Wearable Technologies

With this technology, the learner communicates with the subject dynamically. The main purpose behind the introduction of this technology is to immerse the learner within learning subjects via 3D and other real-time simulations.

With artificial intelligence, immersive learning has shown tremendous potential in the eLearning kaleidoscope. It includes augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), extended reality (XR) and other wearable technologies.

Immersive technologies create a learning environment using AR and VR devices to provide learners with an artificially generated space that is very costly and difficult to create in reality. It helps minimise the gap between theory and practical applications, ultimately leading to the development of promising solutions.

7. Adaptive Learning

This eLearning trend has been discussed for the past few years and will continue in years to come. With adaptive learning, the learners’ can learn at their own time and pace. Adaptive learning will achieve new heights. We will see an integration with artificial intelligence. Learners would personally choose what kind of learning paths they would like to select in adaptive learning.

8. Video-Based Learning

The use of videos has become an integral part of online courses lately and will continue to spotlight eLearning platforms. Most of the learners prefer watching videos compared with other forms of content. Today, learners prefer to watch demos, tutorials, video lectures, and different kinds of video content over textbooks or manuals. Videos are more visually appealing and engaging and have higher information retention rates than any other learning mode.

9. Social Learning

Social learning is the most natural and ever-green mode of learning, which existed thousands of years ago and will continue to persist in the future. Social learning is learning from and with others. In social learning, an individual learns from others through observations and interactions. 

We also use social learning online in the same way we communicate on social platforms. eLearning platforms use creative and innovative approaches to promote interaction between users through teamwork and collaborative assignments. 

Future Prospects Of eLearners

eLearning provides wonderful future aspects to people by providing following the features:

  • Economic
    A learner is offered cost-effective online certificates, degree courses, learning contents, and distant education.
  • Dream Institution
    eLearning gives an opportunity to avail certification programs and classes from educational institutions that have been only in their dreams. A learner can easily enrol in and take online courses from their dream overseas institution.
  • Subjects and assistance
    With eLearning, learners from all parts of the world get an opportunity to study at their preferred time and place. Flexibility to obtain academic assistance and take exams online is what makes this beneficial among learners throughout the globe.

Conclusion

These are the must-watch vital trends in the coming years. These trends will impact educational systems and the learning industry and become stronger with passing time.

References

[1] Sunil Gupta the eLearning Industry (https://elearningindustry.com/trends-in-elearning-for-2019-6-top) November 23, 2018.


Lucubrate Magazine, February 2022

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