It’s not wrong to say that teaching methods have changed significantly over the years; from those traditional classrooms to high-tech methods of eLearning using Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
eLearning professionals (individual mentors to global institutions) need to keep up with the evolving eLearning trends to stay ahead of the competition while ensuring that online learners get the best eLearning experience.
This futuristic eLearning trends checklist will tell you if you’re keeping up with the eLearning trends for 2019 and beyond. If not, it will help you identify where you are lagging behind. Add the cutting edge technologies and innovation to your current eLearning strategy to stay ahead.
1. Adaptive Learning
Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all learning experience, Adaptive Learning is the delivery of personalized learning experiences that address the unique needs of an individual through confidence-based assessments, feedback, strong analytics, and measurement of training effectiveness.
Adaptive learning helped UCLA increase median exam scores from 53% to 80%
2018 has seen a stronger adoption of adaptive learning and in 2019, adaptive learning will make further steps in the eLearning market space. Many LMSs are slowly gearing up to compete with those platforms that are offering adaptive learning.
Microlearning was one of the strongest trends in 2018. Many institutions are increasingly looking at microlearning as a crucial solution for their growth.
Microlearning is an efficient method of implementing learning in micro or small chunks that are basically objective driven and can be quickly and easily deployed within institutions.
According to a Software Advice’s report, Microlearning creates 50 percent more engagement.
Organizations and learners are looking to take advantage of microlearning. Additionally, microlearning can be implemented as videos, quizzes, small games, and infographics. It’s going to be a strong trend in 2019 and beyond.
3. Artificial Intelligence and Learner Assistance
AI assistance has significantly picked up in the eLearning industry and has already started revolutionizing the digital learning.
One of the most accessible forms of Artificial Intelligence is a chatbot. A virtual assistant, chatbot imitates human conversation; predicts learner behavior, and also help personalize the learning. Another form of AI, Voice-guided bots, help learners to search for key content in courses or modules.
Institutions across the world are implementing newer methods of AI to provide support for their learners in both the learning process and whenever they need.
eLearning experts believe in the potential of Artificial Intelligence. With the strong adoption of AI, it is being integrated into a wide variety of tools such as Learning Management Systems.
4. Gamification and Game-Based Learning
Game-based learning and Gamification were strong trends in 2018 and even in 2019 they are significantly being adopted by online institutions to empower and engage their learners better.
As per numerous reports, gamification has significantly improved retention rates and hence organizations will look to implement more game-based solutions.
But what is gamification and game-based learning?
Game-based learning is training that uses game elements to teach a particular skill. It basically takes your core objectives and blend your content with fun.
Gamification is different than game-based learning. It’s an application of game mechanics in a non-game context to drive desired learning outcomes, such as incentives, badges, points and leaderboards.
Being highly effective, game-based learning and gamification is here to stay, and will continue to be a strong trend.
The Take Away
Other than mentioned four trends, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Video-Based Learning, Social Learning, and Content Curation are also evolving in 2019 and are here to stay.
It’s important to keep an eye out for emerging trends because you never know what’s new. But for now, we’ve got you covered. Implementing these will help you provide an excellent learning experience.