E-Learning Trends in 2019: The Pathway to Future

With the advancement in technology, traditional learning methodologies have taken a back seat as tech-driven innovative learning platforms are transforming the canvas of learning.  The advent of the E-Learning system or the LMS (Learning Management Systems) as it’s often called as, has opened a plethora of diverse opportunities. Today this segment is reckoned as a matured industry.
E-learning is one of the best examples as to how technology is bridging the geographical and cultural diversities across the globe. Tools such as webinars, video & audio sessions, slideshows, chat and more have given the learners a chance to evenly balance their daily life as per the availability and convenience. One of the most important reasons for the success of e-learning modules is the fact that data is updated every moment and hence you are always at par with study materials and information. Standing tall against the traditional thought of learning, e-learning is also favored as it is much faster, agile, cheaper, and offers unlimited information for the learners.
While software like Flash and MS PowerPoint offer slick presentations, word processing packages and HTML editors help to design engaging web pages, without much complexity. CMS (Content Management Services) is another platform that is highly used to course the contents, results, and database. With each passing year, as upcoming trends and practices pave in and outcast previous innovations, this sector is set on the right trajectory of growth. Trends like Micro-learning, blended learning, social and collaborative learning are the talk of the town and have grabbed the attention in recent times.
Let’s dive in deep waters and explore how various technologies are steering the growth path that ultimately is helping to create new avenues at the global platform.
Virtual Reality / AI: If it’s about technology, VR has emerged as one of the core components that have outshined other elements. Combining the social aspects of traditional classrooms with the digital world, countless organizations are embracing popular virtual training coaches like chatbots and avatars along with virtual platforms.  While Chatbots can assist in providing information regarding the new courses on the anvil based on the requirement posted by a user, AI offers automated answers, quiz results, and much more!
Mobile & App learning: The internet has placed the world in our palms! With smart devices and phones, anyone is able to access training modules, contents, webinar, video sessions and much more. Also, mobile applications related to the learning domain are becoming a huge success as it gives you the liberty to access and learn from the comforts of your home. Also, parents have the ‘super-power’ to control the access along with monitoring the performance of their children through the learning apps.
Big Data: As the global community continues to embrace digital learning, a huge amount of data is generated that carries the potential to analyze the learning patterns, behaviors, and requirements of the learners. Learning analytical tools are generating customized data that are further used in real-time; also the concept of personalized learning gets hold of more ground by the help of big data.
Video-based learning: For generation Nxt, video-based learning is one of the easiest and preferred modes of learning. Over the last few years, there has been an exponential rise in educational videos as it is cost-effective, has a target-based audience, and the potential to reach out to any remote corner of the world. The use of advanced training technologies and tools are assisting organizations to design cost-effective training programs that have a larger reach as compared to the setup of traditional coaching camps.
Flat Contents are a thing of past: The advent of visually-rich and engaging training contents has been appreciated at all levels and are the next best tool for training purposes. VILT (Virtual Instructor-Led Training) has taken over the ILT concept and viewing plain documents, pdf, or even slides have become outdated.
With all these solutions enabling a customer-centric platform that offers an innovative way of learning, e-learning is definitely emerged as the most operative way of learning and providing quality education.
Devasish Kanojiya, Writer.

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