Trends report on the current climate of eLearning
eLearning, one of the hottest educational technology trends, has rapidly changed in recent years. Really, what quickly changes will never stop developing, eLearning is not an exception. That’s why to keep yourself being a part of the trend, you need to know what is going on and what will be the future of eLearning. Therefore, this article is going to show you the latest eLearning trends. After that, you will find a quick guide on how to keep yourself on updating in the current climate of eLearning.
eLearning is changing fast
As the world is shifting toward the technology side, eLearning has grown at speed. One typical proof is that the number of people joining the eLearning market is surprisingly increasing. To clarify, here are some insane numbers that can blow your mind about how fast eLearning is developing:
- 77% of the company in the US used eLearning for training in 2011 when it was only 4% in 1995 (Sh!ft eLearning)
- 900% is the number which shows the stunning growth of eLearning in a short period of time from 2001 to 2007 (Sh!ft eLearning)
- 80% of employers used eLearning and made it become the most popular learning technology in the world in 2011 (Toward Maturity Report 2011).
What is the future of eLearning?
We see eLearning as the skyrocket of education, however, it has its own trend. So the arising question here is how will eLearning look like in the future? To catch up with the eLearning’s changes, people have come up with several works. Specifically, you might have to go from researching learners’ need to figuring out what the market offers. To save your time, we’ve helped you collect every need-to-know thing about eLearning trends from various online sources. After that, we combined this information with our in-field knowledge and experience. And the results are here! 4 most innovative and effective trends that could be the future of eLearning!
Micro-learning is an effective learning type which uses micro – step in digital media to design micro-learning activities. This method is potential to make learning as a daily routine for learners. To be more specific, micro-learning could remind students doing homework every day through the media. Especially, this eLearning type is best fitted with young learners’ habit of using a mobile phone nowadays (from 5 to 7 hours per day).
For example, when you are on the train, you can take your phone out, go online and learn something useful. Or, if you are at the bus stop, you could listen to some random podcasts online or watch some Youtube video. In short, people can achieve valuable information anywhere and anytime thanks to micro-learning.
2. Personalized learning
Personalized learning is matching the content to meet the needs and aspirations of each learner. As learners, we have distinctive learning styles and behaviors. Besides, we don’t share the same learning path. With personalized learning, students could actively choose what they want to learn, when it is learned and how to learn. Thus, learning becomes so unique and tailor-made for every learner. It’s because learners would have an opportunity to learn in a way that’s best suited to their learning style and their ability.
Here is an example from one school in Middletown, New York. To enhance personalized learning, this school uses student reflection and goal-setting starting with the youngest grade in their teaching progress. Specifically, students fill in a Google form that is sent automatically and directly to the teacher. That means teachers can see how students are self-assessing. Moreover, these activities help teachers to group students and give them instruction in the right way. As a result, 65% of students reaching their NWEA MAP growth target in reading and 87% graduation rate after 4 years of personalized learning (Educational Elements).
3. Video learning
Video learning is the sequence of the fastest internet connection and the increasing use of the mobile phone with high video capabilities. Both students and teachers love this learning type because it is pretty easy to reach. Stay a bit and take a look, you see, almost platforms on the Internet are encouraging users to post and find learning videos. Need evidence? Youtube is your best answer.
With video learning, instead of delivering information by words, people absorb knowledge by audiovisual content. Among video-based learning, animation is one of the most effective educational videos. To be more specific, educational animations is usually used to foster the learning process. With the power of visualization and storytelling, animated video makes it easier for learners to be engaged in the lessons, even in difficult and abstract topics such as science. Let’s look at this animated video and see how it works!
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell is a famous Youtube channel in creating explained videos about scientific topics. Indeed, they use animation to make science look beautiful as its natural beauty. In this example, you will see an explanation about Strange matter, the weirdest and most dangerous substance in the universe.
4. Blended learning
Blended learning is a combination of online and traditional learning. Once you are in a blended learning program, you can attend a class at the university some days in the week. At the same time, you’re able to finish school tasks at home (or anywhere) through online multimedia coursework. With this method, learners can gain more learning experience not only from staying in physical class but also being free at their own pace.
Thanks to the convenience and cost-effectiveness, more and more university use blended learning method. UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) – one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, has applied this blended learning into their finance program. So, how is blended learning used? They combine the lesson in class with a whiteboard animation series for a case study of the course. With the visual design simple with the black-and-white, students can understand financial concepts with a conversational and humorous tone. Check out the example below and see how it works!
How to keep yourself on updating with eLearning trends?
Nowadays, learners become so picky in choosing learning types and the content of lessons. According to the list above, we can see that 4 eLearning trends share the same characteristics that might be what drives the future of eLearning. They are “fast” and “accessible”, which are built from the demand and expectations of learners.
In the era of technology, everything turns “fast”, so does eLearning! It’s because people are looking for a learning process that they could spend less time but more effective.
The ability to receive information of individuals is different. Therefore, to increase the effectiveness of learning, the content must be in the form which is easy to comprehend and suitable for numerous people. With a little extra thought in the design process, you could make your eLearning course easy-to-access for everyone.
So, what can you do to not stay behind the trend? It’s to make your eLearning course more “fast” and “accessible”. It’s when rapid eLearning come to rescue. Rapid eLearning, as its name, describes a “faster” process of designing and developing online-based learning courses. To apply rapid eLearning, firstly you should break down a big content into smaller ones, for example, from a 1-hour video to a series of 5 to 10-minute videos. Besides, to make your lesson more engaging, add more visuals and illustrations in your videos! To be more specific, you could show images when recording, or run presentation slides in talking-head videos. Another choice is using animations which could visualize anything no matter how complex it is.
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Now you got in your hand the latest trends that drive the future of eLearning. We hope that you can apply this knowledge in creating and developing successful eLearning courses. Take a look at other articles on our blog to understand more about eLearning and the way to build an effective one.
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