7 Focus Points For eLearning Professionals In 2020

The new decade is just around the corner, and the countdown for new eLearning trends coming into the picture has already started.

  • A report from Research and Markets suggests that the global eLearning industry is expected to grow from $176.12 billion in 2017 to reach $398.15 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 9.5%.
  • In 2017, approximately 77% of American companies used online learning [1].
  • According to a survey conducted by Towards Maturity in the year 2011, 72% of the 600 companies that were surveyed said that learning technology such as mobile learning, eLearning, etc. helped their business adapt more quickly to the change—an increase of 11% in last year [2].
  • In 2016, the self-paced eLearning product market amounted to 46.67 billion U.S. dollars and is projected to decrease to 33.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2021.
  • A report from Edgepoint Learning shows that 39% of millennials want to see more virtual education in the workforce by 2025 [3].

It’s evident from this growing number that one needs to know the industry trends to stay ahead of the competitors and enhance their existing offerings. So let’s have a look at these major game-changing drifts:

1. LXPs Will Play A Crucial Role

The next-level Learning Management Systems (i.e, Learning Experience Platforms) have already created a hype in terms of offering a customized, social, online learning experience for users. These AI-powered learning mediums are expected to be adopted in an extensive manner especially by large enterprises. World-renowned industry analyst Josh Bersin researched more than 20 different vendors and concluded that the LXP market has passed the $350 million mark.

2. Learner Analysis And Reporting Will Be A Popular Functionality

Student behavior is an important facet when it comes to eLearning. It’s important for companies to find out which courses are popular, what is the completion rate, who are proactive learners, where the learners are facing troubles, etc. Learner analytics finds out the answers to these questions and improves training. LMS platforms embedded with Experience API (xAPI), which registers learner activity and stores the data, will be on high demand from the start of next year.

3. User-Generated Content Will Be Prevalent

As per a report from Towards Maturity, the year 2017 witnessed a 38% rise in User-Generated Content [4]. With this huge leap, it’s evident that companies are inclining toward a more democratic approach to learning and knowledge sharing. In addition to this, the same report states that usage of bespoke content from external suppliers has decreased from 64% in 2014 to 52% in 2017 [4]. This fact clearly indicates that businesses will prefer User-Generated Content to be shared in eLearning solutions rather than sourcing them from elsewhere.

4. Video Content Will Thrive

Videos have become the most popular element on the internet today. Data from Insivia suggests that the video content uploaded in an average month is higher than the number of videos created by all 3 major US TV networks combined in 30 years [6]. Hence, we’re predicting that this integrative and engaging content format will be a fundamental part of workplace learning in 2020. Be it live streaming, video assignments, expert tips or practice demos, videos will be able to create an immersive simulating learning experience.

5. AR, VR, And MR Will Be Adopted

Visual learning has become common today. Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and mixed reality are slowly paving their way into eLearning platforms. Several Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing, UPS, and Walmart, have already introduced VR into worker education programs on a massive scale [7]. Although embedding these modes of technology is quite expensive, they produce enhanced learning experience and performance support.

6. Work-Life Skills Will Be The Highlight

Companies like Towards Maturity, Deloitte, and LinkedIn Learning are focusing on concepts such as problem-solving, communication skills, collaboration, and leadership management for digital learning. These are commonly referred to as work-life skills that empower people to succeed across different roles and adapt to changes. These work-life skills will continue to be a highlight for the coming year in the eLearning world, especially by companies who wish to retain staff and ensure future success.

7. Effective Mobile Learning Will Be Encouraged

Data shows that 600 million people worldwide subscribe to mobile learning applications. The market for mobile learning products and services is projected to grow by $70 billion by the year 2020. These figures clearly showcase why the eLearning industry prefers mobile learning which assures on-demand and enormous potential. Moreover, it’s very easy to create a piece of content that functions across all smart devices automatically.

To sum these trends up, in the coming year, eLearning is expected to become sophisticated and effective. Be it workforce training or online learning for students, traditional means of classroom teaching will slowly fade away. It’s important to become proactive and learn about these changes in order to be well-positioned in this cut-throat competitive market. However, it will be interesting to witness these new industry developments at the dawn of 2020.

Enterprises are experiencing a wave of digital transformation at present times. Only the ones who can utilize current trends of technology to operate better can advance further in this cut-throat market. With newer technology coming into the picture, hiring people who are acquainted with these can be both daunting and expensive. Instead, it’s a wise idea to train existing employees so that they can perform better in the roles which require these kinds of technology.

Factually, it’s common for companies to struggle with factors such as –

  1. Expenditure
  2. Difficulty in assessment
  3. Traditional mindset
  4. Training teams which are in different geographical locations

But with blended learning, organizations can offer a flexible combination of online training, live instruction, and practical projects which are interwoven with other elements to augment the training. So let’s have a look at why this approach can fit your needs of upskilling employees for the evolving digital economy.

  1. Reduced cost & improved ROI: Fewer instructors and no classrooms are required for this approach which makes it affordable for companies who wish to upskill their employees. It also enhances ROI as it reduces costs for training material development, instructor fees, and travel expenses. 
  2. Easy assessments: Blended learning techniques inculcate a lot of small assessment modules including quizzes, tests, and real-time projects. This makes it an easy option to understand the retention level of the trainees. Any kind of doubts can be addressed then and there to improve performance.
  3. Systematic & easy learning: Blended learning approach incorporates eLearning which makes these pieces of training systematic & easy. A combination of multimedia and instructional design delivers a rich and repeatable learning experience that might not be possible in normal classroom sessions. Also, engagement levels are higher for this kind of training as they involve elements like presentation, multimedia, classroom workshops, gamification, etc. 
  4. Accessible to all: The combination of online & classroom learning is easily accessible to teams based in different corners of the globe. Instructors can offer online references to employees to get them acquainted with the particular topic. Additionally, employees can study the training materials on the go-to supplement classroom training. Collaborative skills among learners also improve via blended learning as they can communicate with each other via online forums and communities. 

To sum it up, to hit the bull’s eye of improving overall company performance, the focus should be on its people whose efforts make or break the organization. Training & development are fundamental requirements of every company, hence offering these in a better and tech-savvy method will add value to its assets. The blended learning approach has the potential to optimize employee training which the traditional learning method never could.

To learn more, please write to corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com

Digital learning has become a powerful tool for institutions and organizations to deliver learning in the modern tech infused environment. This form of learning provides efficient learning at reduced cost with other advantages like, remote access, personalized learning, interactivity and scalability. Digital learning is best leveraged with the use of learning management system or lms, a software to deploy, manage and track online learning. Organizations that impart any form of learning or training can reap long term gains by investing in an lms that best suits their requirement. The difficult question is which one is the best lms.

The answer can’t be one or two or even top five, because learning requirements are unique for organizations and each lms has different but not all the features, and the best lms for you might not be the right pick for someone else. Simply put: one size doesn’t fit all. Currently there are about a thousand different learning management systems available from providers across the world. The search for the right lms needs a good amount of research but it doesn’t have to be an exasperating project. The search can be narrowed down with a step-by-step analysis.

Introspection

‘Do I really need an lms? or do I need to upgrade from the existing one?’ is the question we ask foremost, the answer requires a little introspection. Organizations can leverage lms if they want to

  • offer online learning
  • want to track the current learning outcomes and drawbacks
  • want all the learning resources in one place
  • streamline the administration
  • and reduce learning and training costs

The next question is to know what will be the goal with the new lms and what the target audience is.

Online learning goals are defined by what you do and why you need an lms. You could be an academic institution trying to supplement the formal learning with virtual classrooms and reach out to a larger student base; a mid level business who needs a platform to train employees, educate vendors/ clients on products and services; or an mnc who wants to adopt a global streamlined learning and content management for various stakeholders. Your goals should be specific and measurable.

Features Checklist

  • Most of the learning management systems available today offer all of the basic features and many of the features are similar in functionality but carry different and lavish names. Creating a checklist of features which are necessary to achieve the learning goals is the fundamental part.
  • An intuitive and easy to use user interface with responsive web design is a mandate for a modern lms, If your lms doesn’t provide a convenient user experience, no matter how robust it is, it will be a cause of annoyance for end users and admins.
  • Mobility is another mandate for any online learning program as over half of the learning is consumed on mobile devices. Your new lms should provide a device agnostic and responsive content support, and should be complemented by mobile apps.
  • Young learners are active on social platforms, plugins for social media sharing and social forums for discussion is a valuable add on. Learners want to share ideas and get feedback from peers, collaborative learning is also known to alleviate the drab of exhaustive learning.
  • Assessments are an integral part of any learning programme, they help in measuring learners’ comprehension and implement relevant strategies to enhance it. An lms should have tools to take assessments in various ways, depending on your needs. It could be written tests, multiple objective questions, online simulations or scenarios.
  • Feedbacks are an important way to get opinions and views on the approval of courses, teaching methodology and the platform.
  • An advanced lms also has certification tool, wherein upon successful completion of courses certificates are generated within the system.
  • One important lms features for learning providers is the kind of administration it provides, administration control can be managed by one admin (for smaller organizations) or by various stakeholders in case of large institutions. The layers of access control should provide degrees of access, eg, general view, reports access, courseware management etc.
  • Customizable and scalable lms may come at a higher cost but the investment is worthwhile for organizations with growing members and who want to add or remove features to their lms as they start to see value in the product.
  • An lms for advanced learning can inculcate varying degree of interactivity, training on design courses need a lot of interactive elements while delivering history lectures may not.
  • ‘Differentiated Instruction’ is an education philosophy for effective teaching, commonly known as personalized learning, it allows learners within a group to have unique learning path carved out depending on their current awareness on the subject. Artificial intelligence enabled personalized learning is a feature in advanced learning platforms.

Explore the Market

The number and type of features can be exhausting, the key is to identify key features that could add to the learning goals. Every stakeholder’s views should be considered and weighed. Your lms should be cost efficient, not only today, but also 5 years later, and should be scalable to growing demands and changing requirements. As we define the learning goals and shortlist the important features the next step is exploring the market.

Start with basic research on the web, take time, consult with friends and colleagues, and create a preliminary shortlist. Browse through the prospective vendors’ websites, look for the features and alot them some scores. The next step is to know more about the shortlisted vendors, know it from people you know, people who might have used their products, and check for their product documentation, blogs, case studies, user ratings and testimonials. You will have a groundwork to start talking to the shortlisted vendors.

The sales teams are usually enthusiastic about their products, the point is to not to get swayed by the vibrant pitch, instead enquire about the required features, know about after support and more. Ask for a demo and use the tool for a few days, ask volunteering students to use it, let the stakeholders use it, and test for all the features. Upload great amount of content and see how the system functions, create demo tests and download reports, pay attention to all the features in the user interface, and check for other minor features.

After the demo the list of prospective suppliers should narrow down to about five, the next step is meeting the vendors (if possible), if it’s an international vendor they should have a local representative. Onsite demonstrations are an essential part before buying a product, the vendors show all the features and how the learners and the admins use it.

Make the Right Choice

When it comes to lms pricing the variation is wide and there’s a possibility that more than one lms fit all your criteria. Take all the stakeholders view again, ask your colleagues, and the existing users of the product, take time and come to the right decision after rounds of discussion.

Finding your best lms software that rightly fits into your vision is a learning in itself, there might be times when you need niche requirements, however it’s imperative to examine and test the products before you sign the deal. Online learning comes with huge benefits when rightly implemented. Looking at the future, the technology seems imperative in education and training, as we are witnessing the industry embracing technology at a steady pace. If you are not already in the league start your research and find out how online learning could be of your advantage.

Healthcare sector today is undergoing rapid transformation in terms of quality service delivery, technology, operations and workforce management. One of the key concerns that the hospitals face today is that ‘whether the hospital staff is well aware of the latest developments in their field and if they have the necessary training with the equipment and procedures’. Though our healthcare industry has advanced in various aspects, one of the many factors that remain an obstacle in the path to better healthcare is high employee turnover rate. 

To avoid employee burnout, we need to have in place a solid and robust system to nurture, encourage, train and uplift their morale. Structured and effective induction and training programs can help new employees become productive quickly and adapt to the organization’s methods and culture. Skill development plays an important role in improving employee productivity. Hospitals need an end-to-end solution to deliver training, incorporate assessments, and provide real-time reports. They also need to implement a set of compliance parameters, especially related to training for continued learning.

The traditional modes of delivery of knowledge in the industry have certain limitations. Apart from the cost of physical infrastructure, their reach and efficiency do not feed well to the modern healthcare environment, where treatment, equipment, technologies, ethical obligations and regulations change constantly. Frequent classroom trainings can create an additional burden on the staff.

Improved Patient Outcome

Healthcare is one of the industries where online and blended learning is replacing traditional classroom learning at a great pace. As fast as it is spreading across industries, online learning justifies the pace by being cost effective, efficient, convenient and having greater reach. Online learning can happen on mobile devices or computers and can be accessed anytime and anywhere. The learning methodology can heavily leverage the learning management system (lms) to improve the learning outcomes, by making it interactive, comprehensive, tailored and engaging. This leads to a motivated and adept workforce, which in turn brings about improved patient care.

Data driven paperless assessments and time optimization

One significant advantage of online learning in healthcare industry is the evaluation of individual and group learning. With an lms based learning, administrators can track and analyse the progress with great ease, unlike in the paper based learning. Error free reports can be generated with a few clicks and are stored in the system for future reference. Reports can be simple as well as ‘course completion rate’ and can be granular to the level where we get insights on how individual learners are faring on particular topic and what learning methodology is most effective. This also means documentation for audit and compliance purposes is easy and simple, unlike in traditional mode of training where we need to pull out old log books and scan through worn out papers.

Cost effective and efficient

It’s one of the greatest advantages of online learning, learning management systems like iPC Health bring down the overall long term cost of learning and training in a hospital, as it doesn’t need physical space in hospital premises allocated for training, no travel required, and no paperwork. Training efficiency increases as learners engage with interactive courses and enjoy the liberty of time and place to access learning. The content in iPC Health is sourced from global authorities in healthcare domain and provides the best and  latest information. The platform is designed for multi purpose learning; like induction, training, continuous learning and compliance training.

As we see online training can provide a windfall of advantage for healthcare learning and training, the adoption rates at organizations are rising worldwide, it’s even more beneficial for developing economies like India, owing to cost and infrastructure advantage it provides. It saves on cost and time, helps improve patient outcome, provides efficient learning with greater reach, can be used for a wide range of documentation purposes, and can be used for a variety of other training and as a common source of information.

It’s very much known that on Jan 1, 2020 Adobe Flash will become obsolete and all the browsers will stop supporting content created using Flash. As about half the elearning content today is consumed on mobile devices and major portion of learning budget is targeted for mobile learning, HTML5 is the obvious choice for development of elearning courses as it supports all desktop platforms and mobile devices, allowing fully leveraged mobility, and ease of access.

In our previous post, we talked about why HTML5 is the obvious choice for modern day elearning content. Here, we will talk about migration/conversion of Flash content to HTML5, scope of enhancing the courses, and making them more effective for modern elearning using various rapid authoring tools.

Here are the steps to convert Flash Content to HTML5

Flash to HTML5 - The Impact on eLearning and Online Courses - Part 2

Approaches to Convert Flash Content to HTML5

There are various approaches we can take to convert Flash content to HTML5. Depending on the requirement, one of the approaches is followed.

If the elearning course does not have a lot of media elements we republish the source files using updated authoring tools that give a HTML5 compatible output, which means the courses are platform and device independent.

There might be a situation where we don’t have the source files of the Flash courses anymore, in this case we record the Flash courses in the form of a .mp4 video, import them into one of the rapid authoring tools and publish them as HTML5 courses.

Conversion of Flash content to HTML5 gives us an opportunity to enhance the legacy courses. Flash courses have been used for years and they have been based on learning strategies of many years back. Maybe it’s time not just to convert the Flash courses to HTML5 but also to overhaul your learning strategy. Maybe it’s time to add interactive elements, an effective instructional design strategy, social learning aspects, and micro learning to your learning strategy. This is the right time to recreate that powerful learning content which is equipped with all enhancements and is at par with modern learning techniques. If this is the case you can revamp the courses or recreate them from scratch using the latest authoring tools.

This is the right time to recreate a powerful learning content equipped with all the enhancements that are at par with modern learning techniques. You can revamp the courses or recreate them from scratch with a revised instructional design strategy, and media elements using the latest authoring tools

It’s a good practice to evaluate the worthiness of the entire exercise before embarking on the conversion process.  Maybe it’s wiser to build HTML courses from scratch and retire the existing Flash based courses, or save a portion, and enhance the rest with interactivity. Complexity level rises with the level of enhancement and it needs a careful analysis of factors like, the size of the curriculum, volume of media, animations in the course, the objective of the course, and more.

Depending on the current state of the elearning content and the learning strategy of the organization we decide what level of enhancement elements to be used for the new HTML courses. Organizations that have an inhouse expertise pass it on to the responsible teams for the migration or conversion. What should organizations without in-house skills do? Whom do they consult? 

If the volume of content is huge it’s worthwhile to outsource the conversion project to an experienced vendor with a track record in elearning and content technology. Impelsys has been in the edtech industry for over a decade now and we have expertise in Flash to HTML5 conversion of elearning courses. If you want to know more about our services, contact us at corpmarketing@impelsys.com

Adobe announced its decision not to support, update, and distribute Flash Player from 2020. Flash will be phased out by 2020, organizations across the elearning industry are gearing up for d-day when Flash published content will be blocked on all browsers and HTML5 will be the new standard on the web. Read further to understand the impact on elearning through this 2 part series of articles. Here’s the link to the second part.

The reasons for this decision include:

  • Incompatibility of Flash with mobile devices – does not allow resizing to fit a mobile or tablet screen
  • Poor security of the information sent or received
  • Heavy usage of the device’s power and performance

All the browsers will stop supporting Flash content by 2020 and there would be a need to look out for alternative technologies to develop courses. As organizations are constantly looking at the concept of anytime, anywhere learning on any device, HTML is the popular alternative, it provides functionalities that are more stable and scalable compared to Flash content.

As the entire web is now moving from Flash content to HTML5, which is more supportive of the modern devices and platforms, and an open system, what happens to all the content built on Flash? What happens to the courses published as Flash output? 

There’s no reason to panic. There are various solutions you can avail to convert your Flash content as well as Flash published courses to HTML5.

Before that let’s delve on how HTML5 is a more optimal solution than Flash for modern elearning

  1. Security: HTML5 is more secure than Flash, HTML5 is not a plugin like Flash, and security updates are agile and done on the browser itself, all of this makes HTML5 more secure and apt for modern elearning.
  2. Compatibility: HTML5 is an open web markup language recognized by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and incorporated in all modern-day browsers. Courses built on HTML5 will render smoothly on all current browsers.
  3. Multi Device Access: Learners these days own multiple devices and they want to access content on all of them, without hassle. Flash content is created to work on PCs, HTML5 content works seamlessly across platforms and devices.
  4. Hardware Efficiency: As compared to Flash content, platforms and devices consume less than half the battery power and chip capacity when rendering HTML content. This is what we need as we use elearning in greater volume and use our devices for a wide range of applications.
  5. Added Advantages: HTML5 allows creation of mobile based quick bites of lessons. It supports interactivity and gamified learning to a higher degree.

By 2020, Flash will be obsolete, which mandates elearning providers to transition to HTML5 and convert their existing content to the open system from Flash. Like we said, there’s nothing to panic as it’s not a Herculean task, but the sooner we get onto it the better and easier it will be.

Keep watching this space for more details on the process and methodologies followed during the migration and conversion of your content from Flash to HTML5.

Write back to us for queries and feedback @ corpmarketing@impelsys.com

The world of work is now going through the most disruptive changes after the industrial revolution. The dynamism of the global economy, which runs on evolving technologies, is creating new opportunities and has been able to provide work for more people than before. However, the same dynamism is also posing a challenge, while there is  limitless new opportunities, there will also be massive dislocation of jobs. In modern economy the industries are continually going through changes in the use of technologies and work processes involved, the pace of innovation and automation is sweeping through our workplaces leaving the skills required for modern industries irrelevant in no time.

Skills and capabilities required for jobs in the age of technology are changing swiftly, occupations are undergoing a fundamental transformation as entire industries align with the growing power of technology. Automation will displace jobs where there is redundancy while others which require critical thinking will grow rapidly. In this scenario, broader skill set and elementary competencies that indicate an individual’s ability to adapt to changing markets and economic circumstances will be in demand

This transformation in industries leading to a dislocation of jobs will leave a talent shortage in many new fields and simultaneously unemployment will creep in as some of the traditional skills are rendered irrelevant. How do we tackle this? There is a lot of talk about reforming the education system, but then it’s not a cakewalk to reform a system which has existed for decades, and how long till it starts to reap the fruit. While the basic education system undergoes the reform, a more urgent solution to the challenge would be that the businesses and individuals see learning as a lifelong activity. That re-training and upskilling of employees be proactively taken up by companies.

Jobs like data analyst will be most sought after in an artificial intelligence driven industries, and the demand will also rise for jobs like specialized sales, new types of human resources, organizational development specialists, engineering specialties and government relations specialists, we will see decline in redundant manual jobs with the rise of automation and even pink collar jobs like customer support will be replaced by smart bots.

The role of enterprises, educators and individuals in a highly demanding future of work will be crucial in building a society where there is a balance of employment among the populations. Students should be exposed to the world of business and industries early on. There needs to be a strong tie up between the academia and the business world. The youth needs to be taught to be future-ready and broad disciplines of education and specialised knowledge with some transferable skills should be taught to them in school. Awareness of discipline should remain as the foundation on which new knowledge is acquired. Future-ready students should be able to apply their knowledge in new and changing circumstances.

Critical Thinking – it’s not what we learn, but how we learn.

Critical thinking, creative thinking, learning to learn and self-regulation must be taught as subjects in basic education, which will empower them to effectively apply multiple specialized skills across a range of industries and professions, building a strong transferable skill base for the self, while they navigate through complex careers. The pace at which information technology changes internally, workers will need to learn new skills to be able to stay relevant within the organization or while hopping jobs, to learn a new skill every few years requires a person to not to lose the learning ability and passion for new skills, critical thinking should be applied across range of skills.

Design thinking, system knowledge and creativity should be inculcated in young learners which will form the basis of their lifelong learning. If it takes 10,000 hours to take a new skill and master it, we can’t do it so often, but what we can do is pivot around the central idea of creative thinking and agile learning, and grow new branches of skills on a strong stem of wisdom.

Role of digital learning

The amount of learning that is required for future proofing young learners and training them lifelong for various skills will be overwhelming. Traditional way of classroom learning alone will not be able to cater to this. Digital learning has been widely used by institutions and enterprises in learning and training already, the flexibility provided by elearning needs to complement all the learning required to keep the modern economy sustain its growth. Elearning can be accessed by a great number of learners at once, and it can be taken in one’s own choice of time and place. Besides, elearning adds other features which make learning and training more impactful. Interactive content is fun and comprehensible, elearning can also be personalized and collaborative. Simulation is one great way of learning which is used in many industries, AR and VR enable learners engage with various scenarios and get a life like experience.

Besides acquiring knowledge and industrial skills, the workers of the future need also to understand the value of common prosperity, sustainability and well-being. We need to understand that the resources on Earth are not limitless, sustainability should be placed above short-term gain. When the societies are volatile and economies uncertain people need to collaborate and learn to defeat the challenges. As the economy progresses and might of scientific knowledge accompanies complexity, learning needs to evolve radically.

Elearning Trends 2019

In the January 2018 edition of this newsletter we mentioned that elearning industry will cross 200 bn USD in couple of years, one year down and we have predictions that it will cross 375 bn USD by 2025. No doubt it’s growing up to be a massive industry as it’s been seen in the world of education as a catalyst of the necessary changes in the way learning is provided. Elearning also helps mitigate costs of infrastructure and daily travel required for traditional classroom learning, whereas it’s becoming a real asset for third world economies helping deprived youth access online education (In Africa 50 million children remain out of school, and most of those who attend school are not acquiring the basic skills necessary for success later in life)

Riding on a dynamic phenomenon like digital technology, elearning industry undergoes vital changes every year, new trends take form or the existing technologies get refined and find wider use. In order to provide the best possible learning experience to users, providers of elearning need to acquaint themselves with the evolving trends and know which one of them will add value to their efforts. Like every year we have curated a list of trends and technologies that will have impact on online learning industry in 2019, they might be familiar terms but the refinement and evolution within them is what makes them worthy of note.

Lifelong Learning

I’m still learning – Michelangelo at 87

‘Lifelong learning’ is no more just an old phrase but a hard fact of life, and a research indicated truth of 21st century. To stay as a part of competent workforce in the tech driven century, continuous renewal and upgradation of skill is becoming necessary. Every profession provides a learning opportunity, adding to our skill set, employability and self-sustainability. It’s only with a continuous pursuit of skill and knowledge that we remain an active participant in the workforce and society in the fast changing world. As learning is becoming lifelong for more people around the world, online learning will rise in significance, as it’s not feasible to provide all the learning and impact it might have in traditional setting.

Personalized Learning

Personalized learning has been a top trend for many years, but each year the technologies get refined and is being rapidly endorsed or tested by education departments worldwide. Personalized learning identifies who the learners are, what they need to know, and what they’re interested in, hence becoming an effective method of imparting education. Artificial intelligence, with rapid evolution and refinement has been able to  cater to the personalized needs of a learner more precisely. Personalized learning is expected to make further strides in coming years and being increasingly recognized as a promising strategy to close achievement gaps, increase student engagement, and prepare students as they become self-directed, lifelong learners by meeting their individual needs.

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, an umbrella term for a group of technologies, is said to bring about the fourth industrial revolution. AI in education has a broad range of use cases and game changing applications. The technology can be used in automation of content creation, assessment, fostering a better learning environment to analyzing individual learning path to advising a career route. Also, researchers around the world have been closing in on a specific goal – tracking a user’s face to determine their response to what they’re viewing or experiencing. It would be wonderful as the system might be able to determine many things that are difficult to measure, such as engagement, stress levels, and fatigue. These deep learning AI solutions involve software that goes far beyond the measurement of and response to individual systems. These emerging solutions also involve many layers of student assessment, and increased automation in teaching process. AI powered chatbots have become smarter, students can ask them questions on topics and the chatbots return with relevant answers with articles, infographics, and videos.

Having been around for some time, AI in education space has garnered significant interest across the world. In China tech startups have received encouragement via policy and financial support from their government in the development and use of artificial intelligence across sectors. Numerous Chinese edtech companies have recently announced successful development and further funding of their AI-powered education products. Great money is being invested in development of artificial intelligence applications in education, some of the largest edtech funding rounds in 2018 were directed toward the development of AI as a tool to enhance learning.

Learning with Games

Game based learning has always been a trend. With its proven effectiveness gamified learning will remain focus of education providers in years to come, organizations are increasingly looking at investing in game based learning. When a learner is involved in the process, the memorization is deeper, and people in our generation are enthralled by games. Games have a remarkable ability to engage long-term memory. The competitive elements in games help to provide motivation to students who might not find that motivation in traditional learning. Finding new ways to grab the attention of learners and engaging them in the learning process is a task; activities, rewards, surprises and humour in gamified learning help learners to maintain their interest. Gamified learning also helps in self motivation and adds to our creativity, problem solving skills, decision making and critical thinking.

Other Trends

Trends like collaborative learning and social learning will be prominent in coming years. Interaction with peers is essential in education, students also learn from each other while teacher acts as facilitator. Learning platforms need to provide ways to collaborate and share among fellow learners, debate on a topic and get constructive social feedbacks. Tools and widgets for social sharing, discussion forums, online chat options, blogs, news feed and user groups can be part of the platform.

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality is a set of another big things in the world of technology, and they will have various applications in education. VR finds its application mostly in safety trainings in organizations whereas AR and  Mixed Reality are used in teaching subjects like science and math, the added layer of graphics enhances comprehension of complex scenarios and inculcates engaging learning.

Microlearning as a subset of it, markedly supplements elearning. In the age of short attention spans and while juggling through multiple tasks microlearning comes handy for quick bites of learning in short intervals of time. On-the-go learning will rise on demand, it allows for better retention and is also a convenient performance support tool, as a quick reminder or to recap the lessons learnt, to provide extended information which could have been missed in the formal training courseware or in many other ways.

These will be some of the trends to remain on top in 2019, it’s not about inventing a new term but the evolution in technologies that empower and enhance learning. It’s the information age and there is no definite amount of knowledge or skill for an individual to learn, there’s no end to new knowledge. The learning methodologies of the industrial age will have to give ways to the learning methodologies of the information age. Tech enhanced methodologies like elearning will keep growing and evolving until they become the norm. Various technologies, led by artificial intelligence or machine intelligence will form the bedrock of imparting the required education in future.

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Impelsys Inc., a leading technology company providing digital products and services to publishers, education providers and enterprises worldwide has entered into a business partnership with Alizz Islamic Bank, one of Oman’s first full-fledged Islamic banks. Under the partnership, Impelsys will design and create digital learning courseware in multiple banking modules, to be used for corporate learning at the bank.

Alizz Islamic Bank is one of the first full-fledged Islamic banks in Oman. The bank offers its customers an enriching banking experience designed for today’s modern world, the Bank has focused its investments on human capital and world class technology to ensure the delivery of exceptional, responsive customer service. Alizz Islamic Bank operates 10 branches across the Sultanate and continues to reinforce its position as Oman’s most dynamic and innovative Islamic banking institution by developing a plethora of Sharia-compliant banking products and services that meet all the financial needs of both corporate and retail customers. As part of its key strategy to create future leaders, Alizz Islamic Bank develops various Islamic banking and business programmes targeting employees who demonstrate a high level of commitment to self-development.

Alizz Islamic Bank is an organization that leverages digital technology to provide cutting edge services that enhance the customer experience. The new venture with Impelsys comes as part of its effort to modernize employee learning and training. By leveraging Impelsys’ technology Alizz will provide state-of-the-art digital curriculum to its employees. Impelsys with its EdTech expertise spanning over a decade, will support this initiative by developing new SCORM courses in four different banking modules, viz, Fraud Prevention Management, Operational Risk Management, Business Continuity Management, and Information Security. The interactive courses customized for web and mobile use will inculcate a scientific way of learning, enabling adaptive learning and deep comprehension. These digital courses and e-study resources will be delivered on PCs, tablets and smartphones, with ease of use and allowing users any time, any place access.

Speaking on the occasion, Moosa Al Jadidi, Chief Operating Officer, Alizz Islamic Bank said, “Alizz Islamic Bank aspires to become the most successful bank in the Islamic world that provides Shari’a compliant services to its client base. Customers are at the heart of everything that we do at Alizz and we are committed to continuous professional development and training of our employees to be able to deliver total customer delight. This programme demonstrates our keen efforts to develop the capabilities of our employees and ensure that they possess robust Islamic banking skills required to ensure customer satisfaction, transparent transaction process and delivery of premium services. We believe this partnership with Impelsys will help us acquire best-in-class interactive digital courseware for employee training bolstering our effort towards customer satisfaction.”

“This is one of the series of new partnerships we’ve been forging within the Gulf region and we are excited and looking forward to working with Alizz Islamic Bank”, said Sameer Shariff, Founder & CEO, Impelsys Inc., he also added, “The partnership will also help us make inroads into instructional designing and course development for professional training and education in the financial sector, adding on to our experience and core competency in scientific, technical and medical disciplines.”

About Alizz Islamic Bank SAOG

Alizz Islamic Bank is one of the first specialised Islamic banks in The Sultanate of Oman. With an aim to offer customers an enriching banking experience designed for today’s modern world, the bank has focused its investments on human capital and cross-cutting technology to ensure the delivery of exceptional and responsive customer service. Our transparent Sharia-compliant processes and innovative products and solutions cater to the diverse needs of both corporate and retail customers.

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 About Impelsys

Impelsys Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution. Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from eBooks to simulations to online courseware.

To learn more, please write to corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com.

RCNi Decision Support Tool

Impelsys Inc., a market pioneer in digital publishing and healthcare solutions has teamed up with RCNi, the leading provider of innovative information solutions for the whole nursing team, to launch a new interactive point-of-care tool called RCNi Decision Support.

Decision Support will help nurses make evidence-based decisions when assessing and treating patients and includes over 100 peer-reviewed topics across 24 specialities. The tool will support nurses by guiding through the process with the relevant information at each step and help in nurses’ critical thinking.

Impelsys was already a partner over the last few years in the provision of the RCNi Learning, an interactive online and mobile resource for nurses to meet continuing professional development requirements. The RCNi Decision Support tool was a strong and successful development over the last year.

Helen Sumner, RCNi Head of Product Development – ‘RCNi is thrilled to launch the RCNi Decision Support tool and has been a highly successful engagement with Impelsys to develop this innovative and invaluable point-of-care tool.’

Stefan Kend, EVP for EMEA/APAC, Impelsys Inc. – ‘It’s a real pleasure to partner with RCNi and deliver such an important tool for nurses. We are pleased it will provide an interactive support tool that will benefit all in delivering better patient outcomes.

About Impelsys

Impelsys is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution. Impelsys also provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from ebooks to simulations to online courseware.

To learn more about Impelsys please write to corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com.

About RCNi

Founded in 1987, RCNi is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal College of Nursing. RCNi produces eleven nursing publications including Nursing Standard, the UK’s best-selling nursing journal, and a range of specialist journals, providing health professionals with the latest developments impacting nursing, including changes in policy, practice and research. RCNi offers a range of digital products including RCNi Decision Support, designed to support decision making and standardise care across organisations, RCNi Learning, an interactive online resource of CPD training modules, and the RCNi Portfolio, an online store and tracking system to help you with revalidation.  RCNi also hosts the annual RCNi Nurse Awards, celebrating excellence in nursing, and the Nursing and Careers Jobs Fair, the largest recruitment events for nurses in the UK.