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8 e-Learning Trends to Watch Out for in 2018

ehsan@boosthq.io' By Ehsan Memari, January 8, 2018
2018 elearning trends

Top 8 2018 e-Learning trends

The e-learning industry is always in a state of flux. It’s continuously acclimatizing and transforming as technology, consumer requirements, and best practices alter.

So, what does 2018 has in store for e-learning? Here is the list of top 8 trends that are going to bring a blast in 2018.

1. Microlearning

The world of e-learning is bombarded with the concept of microlearning. Research shows that learners can focus on something for an optimum of 20 minutes. Microlearning delivers bite-sized information, which users can retain for long-term.

Whether it’s a day’s length course or a 10-minute video, microlearning is going to rule 2018!

2. Gamification

Using games to introduce new learning strategies isn’t something new. From an e-learning perspective, serious games can be used to test the knowledge of learners and develop new strategies.

In 2015, Project Discovery launched at the University of Geneva utilized the concept of gamification to increase user engagement and to relieve stress from traditional learning techniques. Games can be developed for any subject and adjusted according to any learner’s level.

3. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

As VR and AR have become a focus of attention in recent years; it’s time to take things to the next level. Both have become affordable and are ready to contribute to a growing sphere of learning space.

The VR and AR technology is traditionally employed in the mobile applications, but VR will be used to implement high-risk assignments and perform complicated processes. Whereas, AR will be used to develop user-friendly information about a tool, device, or technology.

4. Personalized/Adaptive Learning

Many corporates utilize personalized/adaptive learning to customize modules that target specific learning groups. The modules are provided to the learners/ trainees based on their performance.

In 2018, this trend will be used to provide customized and tailored learning packages for learners of all types. Moreover, students and trainees will find numerous opportunities awaiting them in their educational career.

5. Video Learning

Learning through videos provides a more extensive experience to learners. Apart from the traditional learning experience, video-based learning provides a wide range of alternatives.

Organizations can create face-to-face interaction videos that include instructions, information, and step-by-step tutorials to keep their employees more engaged and motivated.

Take an example of YouTube; it has been providing video-based learning in the form of tutorials that engage users with creative content and media.

6. Webinars

For businesses around the world, webinars are the best marketing tools, according to the Ready Talk. Companies can create webinar boot camps to train their new employees and cover business areas in detail.

Moreover, students from all over the world can take advantage of webinars to ask questions, engage in social activities and solve problems.

7. Informal learning

Did you know that 70% of the professionals obtain knowledge and information via social media? Social learning enables the development of learning models.

Learners throughout the world can share information and can feel encouraged and motivated to study in groups. Learning through social networking not only provides motivation but also can improve the use of learning sources.

8. Mobile learning

Since most people spend almost 3 hours on their smartphones each day, the mobile learning is going to become one of the biggest e-learning trends in 2018.

The flexibility and affordability offered by mobile phones are grabbing the attention of learning industry to utilize the prospect of this gadget.

Final Word

The concept of e-learning never grows old. In the upcoming times, e-learning promises new trends and improved techniques, where learning would be possible beyond the traditional learning dimension.

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  • The e-learning solutions/trends that you’ve mentioned on the blog can help learners transform the way of learning different courses and subjects according to their own interests. Micro-Learning is one of the best ways to grasp short and crisp information. As every one of us spend almost half of the time on our smartphones, so why not use it to enhance our knowledge. Making use of social media and gamification is another way of offering informative content and developing strategies. A well-researched blog. Thumbs-Up!!

  • Gerben

    Interesting article. I think, before augmented reality will be accessible for everyone, interactive video is going to play a large role! I have a few reasons to think that.

    First: Kaltura released their report: State of video in Education 2017 and it shows that over 99% of institutions frequently use videos in lectures for various reasons. It basically means that visual learning is becoming more popular. At HiHaHo we have summarized some keyfindings of the report:
    https://www.hihaho.com/invasion-video-education/

    Secondly: A few of the problems of VR and AR for now are the necessary equipment en the high costs of creating tailormade material to present students. It won’t be long until those barriers are lowered, but until then we’ll have to make do with interactive video. It’s cheaper, easier to produce (as educators can do it themselves) and easier accessible as you only need a computer or smartphone with internet. No extra gear needed. Unless technological advancements go incredibly fast, I think VR will not be the trend of 2018 but rather 2020.

    Aside from that, it does offer amazing possibilities and the sooner it is broadly accessible, both financially and practically, the better.

    But to make my case for interactive video: In 2018, the trend of interactive video is expected to grow faster. Interactive video is often used to flip classrooms and is ideal for tracking progress of students. It’s also growing more and more important for businesses as well, for employee onboarding, training, tutorials, product demonstrations etc. Microsoft has cut there annual employee training costs by $13.9 million.
    ( https://site.kaltura.com/The_State_of_Video_in_the_Enterprise_2017.html? )

    The possibilities of interactive video are still being explored and via video api’s it seems anything is possible. Interactive video is definitely one of the key trends to look for in 2018 .
    Here are some articles on the topic that you might find interesting:
    https://www.hihaho.com/interactive-diverse-fun-grammar/
    https://www.hihaho.com/from-elearnings-to-better-elearnings/

    Aside from interactive video missing in your article, it’s a nice piece you wrote 😉

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