Now that 2020 is officially underway, the latest and upcoming eLearning trends for the year are beginning to emerge as the global online learning market continues to expand. From its humble beginnings in the 1990s, eLearning has developed and grown into a convenient, flexible, and effective method of learning, suited to the technological needs of learners of the 21st century. So, in order to keep Millennial and Gen Z learners engaged, ensure that learning is successfully taking place, and to prevent falling behind with the times, it is important to keep up to date with the latest eLearning methods. Here are 4 current and up-and-coming trends of 2020…
Increase in Use of AI
AI – or Artificial Intelligence – is a current tool used in eLearning, and its use is set to be on the increase as 2020 progresses. AI brings a plethora of benefits to the eLearning experience; for one, it can act as a mentor to learners, for example chatbots, providing feedback and information at any time on a variety of devices.
Aside from also being effective and fast, AI can also translate learning material for international audiences at rapid speeds, much faster than traditional methods of translation, thus making huge savings on time and money. Some of the largest companies in the world use AI for this purpose, to dramatically cut costs and boost sales. AI can essentially enable machines to learn like humans do – learning from experience – thus allowing them to conduct tasks that humans would usually carry out (like translation).
More Emphasis on Mobile Learning
Nearly everyone across the globe uses a mobile phone, with over 6.8 billion users in 2019, and a predicted 7.7 billion in 2021; thus, it is unsurprising that more and more phone owners are using their mobiles for online learning, especially due to its variety of benefits for knowledge consumption. For example, as we have become more and more preoccupied with mobile phones as the years have progressed, it has become increasingly normalised for the work of learners and employees to overlap with their leisure time, often for the purposes of career enhancement and seizing work opportunities. This may include learners accessing online learning resources at home, in cafes, and when travelling.
Thus, eLearning design for mobile phone use should be carefully considered in 2020, for example, ensuring that infographics fit to the mobile screen, or making sure that files are in a PDF format so that they can be easily accessed on mobile. Aside from the benefit of allowing learners to access any learning information whenever they desire, the use of mobile learning also compliments the widely effective eLearning method of microlearning, which breaks down learning material into bitesize chunks to ensure they are more digestible, and thus facilitates better learning. Mobile learning allows people to access smaller chunks of information, such as quick quizzes and flashcard tools, etc, thus it makes perfect sense that mobile learning and microlearning go hand in hand.
Use of VR and AR Will Increase
VR – or Virtual Reality – and AR – Augmented Reality – are unmistakably on the rise when it comes to eLearning methods to deliver immersive training. VR provides a totally immersive experience that makes the learner feel as though they are in the situation presented to them with the 360-degree technology. Meanwhile, AR is designed to augment the world we see, for example adding an overlay of images to enable a learner to complete a task in a real life setting.
Both AR and VR can be used for learning in risk related environments; learners can master tasks safely and if mistakes are made the consequences can be highlighted and remedied without any potential for injury. Both technologies have been making a significant impact on the development of eLearning, and are set to continue to do so over the next decade.
User Experience Becoming More Highly Valued
Information is becoming much more readily available to learners across nearly all platforms, each providing a different user experience, one example being the use of mobile learning. Thus, one of the many eLearning trends in 2020 will be an increase in the value placed upon user experience by businesses, as a good experience for users is more likely to facilitate effective learning.
What constitutes a good user experience includes eLearning design which is engaging, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to understand, and so it is vital for eLearning developers to strongly consider these factors when creating and designing eLearning content. Of course, it is also important to personalise the user experience to your audience, as a good eLearning designer knows what specific elements motivate their target audience.
So there you have it – 4 trends that are likely to continue to influence eLearning design for 2020. In order to deliver successful training to your learners, it is important to keep up to date with new and up-and-coming training methods, especially in such a fast-growing and competitive industry. Be sure to check out our blog and our Linkedin for more posts like this to keep yourself informed.
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