In the last 16 years, the use of elearning technologies by enterprises have grown by 900% and 98% of startups and small businesses are preparing for adoption of elearning as their full-time learning and development structure.
The reason behind this shift is long-term benefits associated with elearning methods, such as:
- Reduced costs of training
- Increased revenue
- Improved productivity
And as the adoption increases year on year, there are new technologies contributing to this ever-growing scenario. Let’s take a deeper look at each one of them:
Microlearning includes delivering small chunks of information in short bursts. For example, creating 5-minute or 10-minute videos for a sub-topic.
The idea behind it is to deliver only one aspect of a larger topic at one time. This makes the sessions more focused and actionable at the same time. If an employee is facing an issue regarding a subtopic X, they can easily find a learning module related to X. They don’t have to go through the whole topic again.
Since the delivery of knowledge is short and to-the-point, it is easier for the learner to retain knowledge effectively. Videos, infographics, tests, and small activities form some of the key methods to deploy this technique for any organization. Here’s some microlearning design techniques for a great learning experience.
2. Adaptive Learning
Say you have 150 employees at the workplace, and each employee will have a different format/learning path based on their personal learning preferences. You achieve this by Adaptive learning, where the learning path is personalized according to the needs and learning requirements of an individual.
AI helps the system analyze data related to how the learner grasps concepts and what type of training should be followed by which concept?
This saves the learners’ time from skimming through the topics they already know and get started with the topics they need to learn.
3. Game-based Learning
It is known that games generate happy emotions which lead to the release of pleasure hormones like serotonin and dopamine. Blending this aspect of games with eLearning is a trend which began a few years back and still continues to be a part of corporate training programs.
The key benefit of game-based learning is learner engagement, which leads to a higher retention rate and it adds value to the performance of the employees. Any successful game-based learning program will include following:
- Helps to solve problems, build hypothesis and develop strategies
- Keep people interested
- Challenge users but keep them satisfied with growing levels
- Personalized game-based paths
- Capability to communicate or interact with other players
- Shouldn’t be too easy or too difficult
4. AR and VR Based Learning
AR and VR have been a part of almost every industry and are leading the eLearning technologies trend as well. Similarly, both AR and VR are rapidly gaining importance in the learning and development industry.
Augmented reality uses a graphical overlay to increase the interest of learners in the content. In a way, AR helps in delivering an experience through which the learner can connect to the delivered knowledge practically. On the other hand, virtual reality helps in delivering a 360-degree cognitive learning experience. Some of the best implementation happens when safety-related training is to be delivered to the learners.
You can also combine AR and VR with other methods to drive brag-worthy propositions, for example, combining it with game-based learning could help you reward tangible badges to the winners or even move up the leaderboard.
Elearning Technologies Guiding the Change
1. Learning as a Service
To understand learning as a service, think of Netflix and how it allows streaming of several movies and TV series. Similarly, learning as a service platform create a pool of learning courses relevant to learners.
The course providers offer off-the-shelf, advanced learning courses to an organization for corporate learning. An important element included in this subscription is the personalization of content as per employee and business requirements.
Just like Netflix, corporate learning is moving towards personalized, user-based learning experience. This means that the user can select the course that they want to complete based on his or her career growth or business requirements.
With this, corporate learning is also looking forward to solutions that help them subscribe to a package they need instead of a package containing a pool of unnecessary courses.
2. Personalized Recommendation Engines
Creating personalized learning paths with the use of mobile learning helps learners be more productive and get the best value of their time.
Personalized Recommendation Engines helps in understanding the specific use cases and skill sets of a learner which becomes very important to make the eLearning program successful.
If you have complex learning requirements such as software development, it is best to utilize and deploy a recommendation engine.
However, it is necessary to note that personalized recommendation engines require quality data for execution. Hold on to the thought until you have a considerable number of users on your platform and you also have a considerable amount of data relevant to these users.
3. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Virtual and augmented reality applications and implementations are more accessible to businesses today. Industry leaders such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are spending significant money in VR and AR technology development and enhancement.
These eLearning technologies can offer endless learning opportunities with an immersive experience to the modern learner and leading the change in eLearning segment.
Did you know that elearning technologies can help you gain a competitive edge in the industry? 72% of organizations agree to that. Businesses are transitioning from classroom-learning to elearning technologies as it helps improve employee performance, business performance, and employee growth. Due to this cultural shift, more and more industry leaders are adopting this trend.
But to make it successful you need to ensure that your eLearning program makes the use of leading technologies and drive maximum output.