In this 21st century, the future of learning lies outside age-old traditional classrooms. Thanks to the humongous growth of the internet, the popularity of distant learning and eLearning have been increasing steadily. Here is a list of astonishing eLearning trends that are going to take the world by storm in 2017.

It is essential to note that these eLearning trends are not confined to the L&D (Learning and Development) community. Most of these developments in eLearning are due to the latest technological revolutions, innovations or rediscoveries in the learning process.

ADVANCEMENTS IN ELEARNING:

Technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) are used to convey reality through the simulated medium and virtual environments. Face-to-face communication has become outdated since the invent of skyping and video conferencing.

Man to machine or vice versa or machine to machine communication advancements are drawing learning and development establishments to pursue the path of modernization by using cutting-edge, far-reaching technologies. Purely going by these trends of eLearning, it is a hi-tech yet fascinating vision where learning is headed.

MOBILE LEARNING

In this smartphone era, smartphones have become an essential part of our life. The materials for mLearning (mobile learning) are specifically developed for mobile devices. Appropriate course content conversion for the mLearning needs skilled Instructional Design that is compatible with mobile devices.

Nowadays, numerous firms are launching new Learning Management Systems and are encouraging eLearning with the help of built-in mobile apps that are operational over several platforms. These establishments want their staff to have the luxury of accessing training materials and resources ubiquitously.

The rising trend of mobile learning (mLearning) not only binds the eLearning experience to people sitting in front of a computer or smartphone; rather, it transforms eLearning course strategies for the next generation.

GAMIFICATION IN LEARNING

Gamification is a trend which aims at transforming learning into a fun experience. This type of learning is not just intended for kids; it is also for adults since it facilitates interaction and makes the content more appealing to the learner. It is also an extremely powerful tool that increases learner’s innovation, skills, and problem-solving abilities.

Learning games require a number of levels, that learners must complete, which focus on key topics, thus facilitating knowledge retention. Game dynamics, when applied to non-gaming situations, produce powerful results. Several firms have invested in the development of modules which combine training with games to improve employee performance.

MICROLEARNING

Microlearning is the trend of using small bytes of learning content in the daily busy schedule of learner without much effort. This Microlearning process uses 5-10 minute videos, documents, and small portions of data or modules that doesn’t burden the learner with too much cognitive reading.

Microlearning modules can be accessed via mobile and other devices as small bits of data providing a treasure trove of information, making it extremely convenient and popular, particularly in the corporate sector. It aids the learners to assess their current knowledge while keenly eyeing the upcoming information.

BIG DATA

Big data is the information or opinion that is generated by evaluating the patterns of previously existed learners interacting with the eLearning content. By doing this, a learning plan or strategy can be produced based upon the level of the learner. Given the exponential pace of data created every day, big data continues to grow as a thing to look out for in the year 2017.

Latest computing tools like data analytics determine the trends, patterns and relations between different data to harvest important information. Big data will soon help designers to make enhanced eLearning programs.

All these data needed for the analysis process is collected through Learning Management Systems and several other media. It empowers eLearning creators to develop and alter eLearning courses, training content by digging deep into the learning behaviors and preferences of the learners.

Who knows? The future generation may not even go to school, rather they learn via these types of ever-increasing eLearning courses.