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Top eLearning Trends For 2016 You Need To Be Aware Of


We now have a firm footing into the 21st century.

Although we’re not quite at the Johnny Five stage yet (the robot demonstrated the ability to scan and instantly assimilate information in the 1986 movie, Short Circuit), technology is starting to revolutionize the learning landscape.

Here are our four hottest eLearning trends for 2016.

1. Automation

The word on the eLearning street is that 2016 could be the year in which automation of content development and processing makes its mark. Time is money for organizations operating in competitive business markets today, so any savings are welcomed.

Automation in learning means we will start to see more automated tools used for functions such as generating quizzes and assessments for online courses, where complex automated tools can scan content and identify key learning elements to test. Also, authoring tools are becoming more capable of producing single output that can be used on multiple mobile devices.

2. Augmented learning

As an 80s teen, I got my first glimpse of augmented reality when I watched Schwarzenegger explore life on Mars in Total Recall. The vision of a Matrix-style robotic world could be in its initial stages of development with products such as Google Glass and the Apple Watch emerging.

The concept of adapting the learning environment to the user is making its way into eLearning with augmented learning, an on-demand learning technique that personalizes the experience in response to the needs and inputs of the user.

Think touch screens, voice recognition, and interaction where the learner draws down the required information in their chosen format, as needed. Augmented learning is possibly the most exciting eLearning development and could bump gamification off the leader board!

3. Big data

If you’ve been hanging out in cyberspace it’s likely you know the term “big data”, which refers to very large data sets analyzed with computing technology to reveal patterns, trends, and associations. In terms of eLearning, big data is especially useful for gaining information relating to human behavior and interaction with learning products.

Evaluation of eLearning products is a critical step often overlooked due to time and cost cutting, but with learning management systems becoming more capable and sophisticated, user feedback can be easily reviewed and used to increase pedagogical effectiveness and yield greater ROI.

4. Cloud technology

We all had our reservations at first; however, the advantages of cloud technology are starting to make the associated risks worthwhile. Cloud technology can allow instant access to eLearning through a browser, improved security, and scalable setup.

Organizations can also make significant savings through using cloud-based authoring and deployment tools. Cloud technology is changing the way organizations acquire and manage computing hardware and software, offering many benefits that balance the disadvantage of housing information on public servers.

It’s safe to say that cloud technology will only keep getting better, which is why, like us, you should continue to watch this space!

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