As you know, eLearning is not going anywhere. Statistics prove eLearning is growing substantially in the worldwide market. Therefore, it is even more imperative to stay on top of the latest trends.
Trends in eLearning today:
eLearning in the healthcare industry
The healthcare sector is a major area of growth for eLearning in the near future. Between the demands of healthcare insurance reform, Electronic Medical Records training, and an aging population, large numbers of healthcare providers will be looking for eLearning training solutions.
Stimulus money abounds, especially in healthcare where $19 billion is circulating in the system to bring electronic health records online and training is on the rise across the country. The money is in the pipeline right now to bring electronic health records training throughout the country, which means there has never been a better time to develop and implement training programs so healthcare providers and organizations can qualify for this funding while the incentives are in place and before the disincentives begin.
eLearning modules can deliver critical information to all the learners in an organization in digestible chunks. Audio and visuals including Flash content, video, embedded Podcasts, product and process demonstrations, and measurable, interactive testing make Learning far superior to static educational materials. You can make your point strongly, and memorably, by providing interaction with creative content delivered to the learner’s work or home computer. eLearning module training solutions are easy to deliver, low-cost per use, and you can make it fun, too. Importantly, in the intense world of medical care, busy physicians, pharmacists, and nurses can access eLearning or Web-based training and information at their convenience.
Cloud Based LMS
Cloud-based learning management systems are hosted on the Internet and can be accessed by logging into a service provider's site. The affordability factor and global training will be addressed by cloud-based technology, which will streamline corporate training processes and create tailor-made solutions for smaller businesses.
New report on eLearning Market Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2016 released by Docebo, According to Product & Users, the LMS market is expected to experience a growth of 23.17% between 2017 and 2018.
Cloud-based learning management systems can allow you to offer flexible, cost efficient, and effective eLearning. With minimal start up costs, automatic upgrades, quick deployment capabilities, and enhanced security, it's the ideal choice for any organization, regardless of size or budgetary concerns.
Employees can use any device to access courses and information. On the other hand, instructional designers can utilize their tablets, mobile phones, and any other internet-ready device to upload content and communicate with other collaborators and learners.
BuiltWith.com’s trends data indicate that "In 2013 of the top 1 million websites worldwide, there was a 100% increase in the use of HTML5 compared to 2012."
HTML 5 was highly regarded when it came into focus and till this day remains to be one of the hottest trends to have hit the eLearning industry. So while Flash vs. HTML 5 was a point of debate earlier, it’s not anymore. For any web-based mLearning, HTML 5 is the future of mobile web, even if it’s not ready to the extent we believe it to be.
Some of the authoring tools of today struggle to provide real HTML 5 compatibility. Several of them actually just embed non-interactive videos in HTML code. Good quality animations and interactivities are still missing. The tools are expected to become more capable in exploiting the potential of HTML5 in the future. Of the tools available out there, Lectora, Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate seems to be the most promising. Some of these also provide options to publish as Flash or HTML5 or as an app.
Use of game-play mechanics for non-game applications, aka Gamification. This is not a new trend, but rather one that will certainly evolve. As millennials continue to enter the workplace at an increasing rate, gamification in learning can be used by leveraging the mindset of these young individuals who look for ways to be acknowledged for their accomplishments by their peers by making use of social connections/ media. As in a game, where there are reward points for displaying the player status, in a learning context too, the same mechanism/ strategy can be used.
Gamification also offers the chance to bring real-world situations to life in a controlled environment. That element is crucial for the Department of Defense, with its Defense Acquisition University, (DAU) now leveraging games both in its core curriculum as well as in its continuous learning programs to train employees in projects too expensive, dangerous, or large-scale to execute on a regular basis – for example, the construction of a space craft.
eLearning on tablets and mEnablement
From ‘just another type of PC’ to ‘an interesting media consumption device’, tablets have come a long way in a short time. Overall, the tablet market is showing exponential growth with tablet sales touted to overtake that of notebook PCs with an estimated volume of 240 million units sold worldwide by end of 2013 (by Tech-Thoughts). In the enterprises too, the usage of tablets for business related activities and enterprise mobility is on the rise, making eLearning on tablets almost a necessity.
Even though eLearning on tablets is not ‘real’ mLearning, it serves as a bridge to Mobile Learning. This has given birth to another trend most commonly found in organizations these days – mEnablement. mEnablement is the conversion of existing (legacy) eLearning courseware into a tablet compatible format.
We live in a multi-device world. Almost each one of us today uses a smart phone and a laptop (and that’s just the bare minimum requirement!) and other such devices that can support learning. For training administrators, this means developing and delivering learning solutions that work seamlessly across all devices – irrespective of their sizes, shapes, resolutions or OSs.
But these are not trends of the distant future; solutions already exist that allow you to integrate these trends into effective employee training, and new developments are being introduced almost daily. If you aren't already incorporating these trends, add them to your learning strategy and begin implementing them as soon as possible to stay firmly competitive in your market. These eLearning trends can’t be ignored!
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