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The Future of eLearning - Where Are We Headed?

Published on 27 July 17
Education is an ongoing process and as time passes by, the methods employed to promote education evolve too. With the ongoing technological developments in the field of eLearning, you might say that we are at the forefront of a revolution! Such developments have brought the rise of newer formats of imparting knowledge as well as assimilation of said knowledge. Take a look at the latest trends in the field of eLearning to better understand what the future is going to be like:
1. Micro learning
With decreasing attention spans and lesser free time, micro learning has become the popular new trend! Micro learning as the name suggests is an approach that breaks up the study material into smaller units of focused information which have a predefined takeaway. This format was adapted to enable access through a variety of platforms, such as PCs, tablets, phones etc. The idea is to make the content accessible anywhere, anytime. Considering the fact that most people feel pressed for time, such a format can easily blend into their day-today activities without taking up too much time from other activities.
2. Gamification
Gamification is another great way of battling the problem of short attention spans and lethargy when it comes to study material while enhancing retention. This method is a great way to create a more lasting impact on learners and inspire a long-term behavior change. The idea behind this concept is to apply game mechanics to non-game contests and engage learners using the same techniques use in games; creating a challenge, freedom to fail, immediate feedback in case of failure and a sense of accomplishment during progress. And considering the rise of mobile device usage, the implementation of gamification is the perfect fit.
3. Augmented Reality
Taking the concept of gamification further, comes the latest trend of augmented reality. Remember the game Pokemon Go that caught head lines recently, or even the Snapchat filters that are being used widely? Both are versions of augmented reality. What is interesting to note is that augmented reality has now found its place in the eLearning industry by making learning more immersive, thereby enhancing practical learning.
4. Cloud- based eLearning
The growing popularity of cloud based learning has given rise to a whole new enterprise known as cloud colleges/universities. Such a structure basically removes the barrier of having to be physically present there by catering to a larger audience. It is a great way of promoting blended learning, where students and educators alike can enlist help, reading materials or even seek guidance from professors and peers in other parts of the world, at any given point in time. This also makes software installations and one time downloads of course work a concept of the past. Now, institutions with cloud based education modules can offer individual eLearning modules, and even full eLearning course modules that can be purchased and accessed on demand.
5. Big Data
Big data is the new buzz word everyone is talking about. From analytics for targeted ads to devising a holistic curriculum, big data is what everyone is raving about. In case of eLearning, big data allows course developers to improve their courses, custom tailor learning activities and gain valuable insights into learning behaviors. By using analytic tools, educators now have the power to fine-tune their strategy and ensure every aspect of the course is in-line with the predefined goals and objectives of the curriculum.
6. Wearable Technology
Taking virtual reality a step further is wearable technology, namely; products such as the Google glasses, Oculus Rift and the Apple watch have been taking the world by a storm. Such devices give learners the opportunity to interact with the subject matter dynamically by making it more accessible and engaging. In fact, this may even lead to virtual teaching environments where participants will be able to completely immerse themselves in various eLearning games, thereby addressing the aspect of practical application of study matter as well.
Based on the upcoming trends, it is clear that teaching strategies and methods are an ever-evolving field. And with the introduction of new technologies and delivery methods, there is always the possibility of discovering a completely new style or method of teaching that is more effective than the existing ones. As for now, what we know for sure is that eLearning has paved the way to incorporate a more holistic approach towards education as opposed to the theoretical style that was followed earlier. This can only mean one thing - even though eLearning hasn’t reached its full potential, its future is bright and of course, highly anticipated!
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