E-learning Trends:

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about the way we work, not least of all the manner in which companies train and upskill their employees. The global e-learning market has grown considerably over the past 12 months and as remote training becomes the new norm, the boom in custom e-learning content development is not set to slow down.

Let’s take a look at some of the hottest e-learning market trends in 2021. Here’s what we have seen so far this year, and what we can expect to see more of over the coming months.

E-learning Industry: Integrated learning analytics

Advances in e-learning development software mean that Learning Record Stores (LRS) are expected to become an increasingly sought-after feature in e-learning programs. Collecting data relating to learner performance and intent allows companies to make better decisions relating to training, development and growth.

E-learning Industry: Microlearning

Microlearning has been a hot topic in the e-learning industry for some time, and that certainly isn’t set to change this year. More companies are recognizing the value of bite-sized, targeted learning modules for their ability to help employees develop a specific skill in a relatively short time.

Microlearning courses are typically just 10 to 15 minutes long. Studies suggest that students retain information for longer and can apply it more successfully when they pick up new skills during these microlearning sessions, As opposed to a 60-minute course which covers six learning outcomes, for instance.

E-learning Industry: Immersive e-learning development

Video learning, virtual reality (VR), 360-degree photography and other immersive instruction techniques are becoming increasingly prevalent across the global e-learning market. Immersive e-learning content allows employees to work through realistic scenarios to practice skills they may need in the workplace. This can be anything from processing an insurance claim, to following evacuation drills in the event of a fire or security threat.

E-learning Industry: Collaborative online learning

The benefits of collaborative learning are well-documented. The recent growth of the corporate e-learning market initially seemed to correlate with a move away from social learning environments, primarily due to working restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic. While remote online learning is here to stay, the e-learning industry is swiftly adapting to offer elements of collaborative training, via forums, chat facilities, and other tools that allow students to share their work.

E-learning Industry: Mobile first e-learning content development

Responsive training content isn’t a new concept. However, the way custom e-learning companies approach creating this content is starting to evolve. Programs designed for desktop that are “mobile-ready” was the previous minimum standard for e-learning content. E-learning developers are now starting to adopt a mobile-first approach, as this is better suited to the “anywhere, anytime” learning that is proving to be so valuable.

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