The year is 2020. The future is now. In the digital age, everything is different. By now, technology has been our way of life for decades, in just about every area. In terms of how we learn, we now have electronic learning, simply known as eLearning. This is learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet. In 2020, eLearning is how we learn, for the most part. During this uncertain period when millions of students are forced to learn from home, perhaps there’s never been a better time to adapt to eLearning. Let’s explore the top eLearning trends for 2020 and beyond.
Video Learning Will Continue to Expand
Every day, one billion hours of video are watched on YouTube—no wonder video for eLearning is coming in hot. Unlike static eLearning content, video makes learning more engaging. Not only is it more visually pleasing but it can also be interactive, making the learner an active participant. With more engaging content through the use of video, retention levels should be higher.
Game-Based Learning Is Here to Stay
Adapting to the audience is crucial when the objective is to provide learning that is later translated to the workplace. Today’s audience consists mainly of Millennials, a generation raised on games. Millennials enjoy the instant gratification given by a passed level or a top place on the leaderboard. Companies that provide the technology to gamify learning are well aware of the immense potential; 53% of stakeholders consider that by 2020, gamification will be widespread*.
AR and VR Are Showing Promise
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are emerging as very engaging and effective ways of implementing learning. They give that “hands-on” quality that is so critical for in-depth understanding and information retention. While it may not become the norm for eLearning in 2020 (mainly due to cost restraints), immersive learning will continue to grow. It may also become increasingly present in corporate eLearning.
Microlearning Is a Major Trend
Bite-size learning units are both cost and time-effective. They hold the advantage of being available on-demand, unlike extensive instructor-led courses. Microlearning is a great way of deploying objective-driven instruction that easily reaches everyone in the organization. Both the deployment process and the results are a lot easier to track, so this type of brief and straightforward learning is here to stay.
Adaptive Learning Is on the Rise
Corporate learning has already begun to tap into the potential adaptive learning has both for engagement and productivity. In 2020, more organizations will invest in digital solutions aimed at making the learning process more personalized and enjoyable. Incorporating effective assessment tools will ensure users can skip content they are familiar with. It will also help them navigate only what is really relevant and useful to them.
As with many advancements since the advent of the Internet, eLearning is here to stay, judging by these trends. That’s why at UWorld, we design our learning tools to be online and all-digital. This ensures that we remain aligned with the top eLearning trends in 2020 and beyond.