TOP TRENDS OF E-LEARNING IN 2020
Learning is a life-long virtue. At every stage of your personal and professional development, it is essential that you keep on learning and improving your skill set. Otherwise, it is evident that people who are not upgrading get behind or obsoleted with time, which is advancing and progressing ahead.
The conventional learning process involves classroom training or one-on-one interaction, which has been the case of our schooling, corporate training, or general orientations.
However, during the early 1990s, e-Learning emerged in the mainstream to replicate the feel and method of face-to-face learning. And with the springing of numerous technologies, digitization of workplace practices, and overall adoption of digital devices, eLearning has become the norm and standard of learning methodologies.
Instructor-led training still has some unique advantages that e-Learning doesn’t provide, like in-person interaction, but on the other side, the benefits offered by digital learning simply outweighed the upsides of conventional learning practices. Among all, cost-effectiveness is the number of benefits of e-Learning, as there is an only one-time cost of producing learning material and session delivery, and it can be repeated, replicated, or replayed multiple times. Similarly, through such medium, learning becomes location-free. Anyone can access a live webinar or online class anywhere around the world. However, e-Learning has been transforming and getting better and better with time and has made such features possible, which were the subjects of imagination previously.
Additionally, Millennials and Gen Z, which are in their academia or professional careers are majorly tech-savvy and prefer to learn digitally, if given a choice between conventional or e-Learning. We are observing trends of students prefer to opt for a high school diploma online rather than the classroom. Therefore, it is apparent that moving forward, and e-Learning will be the default mode of learning for academia and corporate learning and development.
Since we have discussed the upgrades and improvements in the eLearning sector, let’s look at some of the top trends in eLearning Industry in 2020:
- Mobile Learning:
The mobile phone has become part of our lives immensely, and we have depended on mobility for many tasks now like shopping, socialization, communication, etc. And there is a great influx of mobile phone devices in the world. There were around 6.8 billion mobile phone users in the world in 2019, and this figure will reach around 7 billion in 2021. It will be around 89% of the world population using mobile phones.
People prefer to have mobile phone experience for the majority of digital work, too, as we have seen in the case of Facebook and Instagram, where companies are focusing primarily on mobile phone platforms. It also provides benefits like people can consume learning content as per their convenience and ease, whereas the instructor can evaluate and supervise his performance virtually. It is the reason that learning and development have become a prime component of the learning and development strategy of enterprises.
Mobile Learning has been around for quite a while but hasn’t reached its full potential. Therefore, it is expected that in 2020, mobile learning is one of the trendiest elements in eLearning.
- Bite-Sized Learning Interventions:
Realistically, people have a lot in their plates throughout the day, and it is pretty difficult and painful for them to take out a large amount of time for formal learning interventions. And it is not convenient and effective for them to consume detailed and comprehensive content in such disposable, limited time. That is where micro learning or bite-sized learning comes in.
Bite-Sized learning is a methodology of delivering short, quick, concrete, and relevant content to its consumers in such a way that it can be retained. An intervention comprises 2-7 minutes of engagement that comprehensively involves for every second and helps them meet an objective in their learning journey.
It is way more effective than long in-depth content as it solves two major problems of corporate training. One, it is digestible for the learners, and the short term nature forces learning providers to cut the slack and deliver unbiased, focused, and precise knowledge to the learner. Secondly, it delivers relevant content into the heads with shorter attention spans.
- Video-Based Learning:
Nothing can be trendier than video format these days. Apart from learning, video is also creating ripples on social media platforms too. Videos are also getting popular due to the rapid emergence of video-sharing platforms, like on Youtube users watch over 1 billion hours of content, and a similar amount is also being created at the same time.
Initially, the video medium was the face of the e-Learning industry. However, learners still prefer to consume content in the form of demos, explainers, tutorials, rather than text manuals or wordy instructions. Similarly, the video format is also more preferred because it is visually engaging, interactive, and appealing. Plus, it takes lesser effort to grasp visual content and has more visual retention due to the involvement of multiple senses.
However, in recent years, interactive videos are more adopted rather than conventional video production. Through assessments and interactivities in between, the video has become more engaging and has catered to the issue of diminishing attention spans. With video format still contending as a major medium, it almost aligns with mobile learning and microlearning interventions in the future.
Gamification is one of the buzzwords in the times of 2018. It has got the potential to aid the learning and development interventions, but it didn’t reach the level of its maximum capacity till now. Gamification refers to adding engagement flair by designing the learning content in the form of a game. It has higher retention rates and engagement among learners.
Recent developments in the e-Learning fraternity have shown signs of Gamification getting its redemption, as many of the companies are to gamify their recruitment processes. Similarly, integrating performance management milestones with gamified learning modules can provide a sweet spot of innovation where learners will get the incentive for better application of learning modules in the coming years.
Coming years are quite interesting for the eLearning Industry as recent COVID-19 Pandemic has made digital learning a necessity rather than an option. And global trial and adoption of such practices have set the eLearning industry in the front seat of innovation, demand, and growth. Therefore, we can see the increased efforts, improved results, and internalized adoption across academia and the corporate sector.