How has eLearning changed in 10 years?
It has been ten years since the Omniplex eLearning blog started, and what a ten years it has been. We’ve come a long way from blogging about the ‘new’ approach of Software as a Service. Trends in eLearning have come and gone in this time, while others are just starting to pick-up. So, what are the key changes we’ve experienced in this time?
One of the important advancements in the past 10 years has been the influence of mobile technology. The flood of smartphones, tablets and other devices in the technology market opened up new possibilities of how to learn on-the-go. Thanks to mobile, learning is now available at the touch of your fingertips, wherever you go.
The one trend that has become apparent in the eLearning world is the way that learners engage in training. Over the past decade, the definition of what “learning” means has changed thanks to breakthrough research in human psychology and technology, which has initiated a number of newer innovations on how people learn, including:
This trend delivers bite-sized content to be consumed in short bursts for learners to study at their convenience. The mobile revolution has made more learners turn to microlearning as their go-to learning method of choice. Microlearning also allows learners to select and use courses that are more applicable to their current needs. The learner-driven nature of microlearning not only increases learner engagement but also improves training and job efficiency.
Social Learning is learning with and from others. One of the key drivers of this newer approach to learning is also the evolution of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; and the collaboration features that they provide like comments, group discussion boards, video chats and so on. The availability of these features in a Learning Management System allows the learners to have a more authentic social learning experience allowing for better learning and improved self-affirmation.
A decade ago the thought of walking in a virtual world seemed like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Over the last five years there have been breakthrough developments in the application of VR and AR in learning. Thanks to the Oculus Rift, Google Glass and other Virtual Reality headsets, eLearning applications that were previously unthinkable are now almost commonplace. Through the incorporation of virtual environments and situations into eLearning, instructional designers are able to deliver real-life and truly interactive learning experiences. A simulated work environment or job role scenarios help learners develop proficiency in the real world. Virtual Reality can even allow them to interact with tools that they would find on the job, such as sales terminals, machinery and safety equipment.
Augmented and virtual reality may still seem out of reach for many , but with recent developments in AR and VR, we believe these immersive learning experiences are accessible for all.
There is no definite way to tell what tomorrow will bring. However, you can get a good indication of what’s to come by taking a closer look at the past and present of eLearning. The future is here, and things are rapidly changing, thanks to AI, organisations will be able to pull content together to meet the needs of their learners, with little administration required. AI will not only be able to guide learners through courses, but it will also help inform learning predictions.
A good example of AI technology in eLearning is Docebo’s Learning Platform. Docebo uses AI to deliver automated and personalised learning -at scale. Docebo’s AI deeply analyses learning content of any nature, understanding and categorising keywords to exponentially improve learning content discoverability. The Invite-to-Watch AI feature of Docebo elevates the social learning experience by automatically generating a list of learners who have engaged with similar content. This allows users to easily share content with those who will value it most.
The future of eLearning is about pushing boundaries and truly understanding the learning patterns of your learners.