As 2019 comes to an end, it’s time to look forward to 2020 and what’s next in the future of training. The global eLearning market is growing very fast and is predicted to reach $398.15 billion by 2026.
There is no doubt that the benefits of eLearning significantly outweigh those of old-style classroom format. It seems that new eLearning trends are embracing technology now more than ever, but what does this mean for your organisation?
In this article, we’re going to focus on what will be in great demand for the year 2020 and beyond. We will define the five major trends that will shape the eLearning industry in the next 5 years.
Understanding these will enable you to execute your eLearning effectively for your employee’s development. It will also help you tweak strategies to reach your desired return on investment.
- Learning Experience Platform – LXP
Learning Experience Platform or LXP is the next level of an LMS with a high focus on user experience. LXP is a system of the near future and it’ll visually look more like a content provider or media-sharing website than your generic LMS. Think of Netflix, or a social media platform as an example.
Our partner at GO1 is offering something similar, with a variety of video courses offered by specialists in topics such as; technology, creative, and business – just to name a few.
eCreators also have something very exciting coming your way in the LXP space in 2020.
- The rise of immersive technologies
Like artificial intelligence (AI), immersive technologies have the potential to shift the way we create eLearning content. These technologies include Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR). Currently, these are in a very early stage, but they are already making a real impact in the eLearning industry.
As you know, humans learn best by doing, and VR is designed to deliver on this principle. Put simply, VR provides a realistic, physical experience, anchored to the theoretical part of learning. Better still, it delivers practical instructional design strategies that cut distractions and increase engagement.
This was one of the top eLearning trends in 2019, and it is highly likely that it won’t be gone anytime soon.
To put this in perspective, a typical employee has only 24 minutes for training in a 40-hour week. That’s a time limit most organisations have to face, it’s not practical for employees to consume in-depth content – and Microlearning can help with that.
By offering your learners with bite-sized content to generate quick knowledge consumption and better retention. These short (2 – 7 minutes) learning content can improve your text-heavy course. The easy-to-consume courses are designed to help learners meet a specific goal in their learning path.
This way, learners in busy workplaces can make every minute of learning worthwhile.
The adoption of microlearning has been on high gear over the last two years. And, judging by the benefits it provides, microlearning will only grow in importance and accelerate further in 2020.
- Social Learning
The new generation of employee (Millenials) was the first to embrace a complete social adoption and the growing desire for social learning mimics that.
According to the Association for Talent Development, social learning approaches have a 75:1 ROI ratio over web-based training.
In a Brandon Hall Group study, 73% of the surveyed companies expected to increase their focus on social learning makes this one of the biggest trend in 2020 happening in LMS space.
- Gamification and Game-Based Learning
This might no longer be the new buzzing word in the eLearning industry, but the impact of this tool has not subsided.
Gamification allows enterprises, as well as learning institutions, to create intangible incentives that drive successful training results. The incentive can be anything from a gift card, physical rewards or a donation of their choice. Designed to drop a little dose of internal competition among employees.
With 80% of learners claimed learning would be more productive if it were more game-oriented. Overall, gamification can really help your course more appealing to the learner, boost motivations and enhance the retention rate.
And this is just the beginning!
New technology immerses every day and at eCreators, our team will continue to learn new tricks, tools and tech to ensure our clients get the best eLearning course that suitable to their learners.
If you would like to know how we can provide your organisation with your eLearning challenges, get in touch with the team today.