On it goes, the irrepressible e-learning express train, charging relentlessly forwards. We've already seen the extent to which workplace learning has transformed over the years , along with what the distant future holds .
But what's right around the corner? What trends and features are set to become a part of e-learning sooner than we might have anticipated? Let's take a look and see what 2018 has in store.
It's fair to say that mobile learning is an already well-cemented trend. Thousands of people are picking up their smartphones to learn languages and turning to their tablets to gain a grasp of instruments/music… and many businesses will be enjoying the flexibility of mobile learning by this time next year.
Some companies are already rolling out training programmes that staff can use on-the-go. With mobile officially overtaking desktop as the preferred form of browsing, others will need to follow suit or risk being left behind.
Often closely linked to mobile learning, Microlearning (sometimes known as bite-sized learning), involves specified activities that take less time but still prove effective.
Info delivered in small, digestible chunks has been found far more effective at embedding core skills than lengthy classroom sessions. Microlearning can deliver content to where it is needed at the right time, and allow learning assets to be maintained and improved quickly. We're sure to see it soar throughout 2018.
Social learning is not a new concept - but it's only now that we're beginning to truly embrace it. For many years, it was widely accepted that exam-style learning was the be-all-and-end-all. However, companies are increasingly using the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook messenger for brainstorming ideas and sharing thoughts, and this is set to seep into e-learning platforms.
Social communication features will become commonplace in mobile training systems by the end of 2018, with users given greater opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues and trainers, ask questions, and receive feedback in lightning-quick fashion.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are the two main examples of immersive learning - transporting users to a new realm where they are literally surrounded by the materials they need to acquire new skills.
VR, in particular, has been touted as “the next big thing” for as long as many people can remember, but now that big tech hitters like Sony, HTC, Google and Samsung have all released VR headsets, it's inevitable that more companies will leap on the trend. VR is actually happening, and by 2018, it'll be a big part of e-learning.
AR may not be getting all the headlines of VR, but many experts are predicting it will actually overtake Virtual Reality over the next 12 months. This form of immersive learning will prove especially useful in manufacturing and other high-risk environments, as AR mistakes are far less consequential and costly.
Perhaps the most significant trend guaranteed to gain traction from 2018 onwards is the process of adaptive learning. Simply put, this involves a platform taking on a shape-shifting form - ensuring it can be readily sculpted for certain programmes and people.
Content curation is already apparent in many training programmes, and as individualisation and personalisation increase in value and demand, corporations will favour e-learning that serves the individual.
Learn with Mobile is a platform that's been built with an eye on the future. Here at Ambidect, we're encouraging everyone to wave goodbye to tired corporate learning and embrace a fluid system that fits everyone's needs and purposes to offer a more fulfilling experience.
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