eLearning Trends: Top 5 Trends to Watch For in 2021

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2020 was quite the curveball; however, the year has contributed to some significant growth thanks to the pandemic, especially in the field of training and knowledge acquisition.  It has dramatically revolutionised the future of learning.

While the pandemic has faded the idea of traditional education,  the worldwide lockdown restrictions have resulted in the rapid growth of the eLearning industry. Even corporate training has adapted to this new normal – migrating from in-person classroom-based training to online training practices. When it comes to eLearning – cost and time-savings, resource optimization, and flexibility are some of the benefits that can be leveraged by organisations to make their training effective.

Listed below are the eLearning trends to watch out for in 2021.

Mobile Learning

The number of mobile users is ever-increasing, and it has now become an indispensable part of our lives. Mobile is the future, and mobile learning has gained tremendous momentum due to its mobility and ease of use that enhances the learning experience. Mobile learning has become one of the crucial aspects of eLearning as it renders benefits like flexibility, anytime learning, seamless accessibility and just-in-time learning. Organizations can use it to scale employee training and ensure their ability to meet a broad spectrum of training needs aligned with their business goals and growth plans.

Personalized Learning Experience

Over time we have witnessed some considerable changes in the user experience to meet the needs of the new generation, also called Gen Z-ers.  It has been observed that the needs and wants of the employees have shifted very rapidly from trainer-led training to a more advanced self-learning platform with the prime focus on providing a personalized learning experience. There are many different learning techniques – such as adaptive learning, game-based learning, and immersive learning which can be combined with the modules to make every learning experience different and personalized. With the benefits of personalized learning, these various trends will only get stronger in 2021.

Microlearning

2020 has shown a rising trend for microlearning, and there is a high chance that it will become much more useful in the coming years. Microlearning is a powerful option for corporate training as it creates modules on bite-sized content to facilitate quick knowledge consumption and eventually leads to better knowledge retention.  Microlearning allows organizations to deliver training tailored to each employee’s needs, making the learning process more comprehensive and relevant for all employees.

Data-Driven Learning

The advancement of digital technologies has revolutionized learning analytics or data-driven learning. Organizations are using Big Data to analyze learning outcomes and applications from a training module. For example, data can be collected and analyzed from various parameters like course completion rates, online training efficiency, assessments, or other relevant criteria to track the employees’ progress.  Based on the insights generated by the system, the organization can tweak the learning process to make it more adaptable and relevant.

Moreover, the reporting functionality helps identify gaps in employees’ knowledge and skills which can be used to determine the organization’s business objectives and learners’ performance. Hence, making data analytics the next big eLearning trend for 2021.

Embracing the power of Disruptive Technologies

The rise of disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Big Data, Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR) has opened up a host of new possibilities in eLearning. Such emerging technologies have  revolutionized modern learning and over time have increased its demand to utilize the full potential of the eLearning realm. Advancements in AI have led to more personalized learning experiences for employees, allowing organizations to create/modify their training modules as per the needs of the employee and the learners can attain relevant skills that are needed to upgrade his/her knowledge. Moreover, immersive technologies like VR and MR allow employees to work through complex simulations and practice in real-life scenarios to bridge the gap between theory and real application.

Conclusion

To conclude, we can say that the eLearning world will be growing substantially in the coming years. The trends mentioned can be used as a guideline to redefine the learning process and to provide a fun environment to learn new skills and make learning a more practical and engaging process. Organizations can leverage these tools to create a learning strategy and thereby an effective learning experience for their employees. They can reap the benefits to build top-notch eLearning solutions that are easily accessible, interactive, and capable of engagingly delivering knowledge.