10 Hot E-learning Trends

We’re constantly studying what works well and what doesn’t in the eLearning industry. Here is a quick look at the latest trends for eLearning in 2013, including online learning software, gaming, mobile, and tablets.

By all accounts, HTML5 is going to continue to be widely embraced and its capabilities will grow as well (including APIs).

Tin Can API
The eLearning software (also known as the “The Experience API) includes many more capabilities than SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model). With the Tin Can API, different types of learning can be efficiently tracked and recorded.

Look for continued eLearning growth with mobile, especially with the popularity of tablets. According to a BI Intelligence report, global tablet sales will top 450 million units by 2016.

Rapid Deployment
Different applications are making it easier than ever for schools, organizations and companies to implement eLearning solutions. It’s possible because of the standardization of processes.

Support for Changing Job Skills
As employers look for ways to teach workers new skills, eLearning will play a vital role in an ongoing effort to minimize the financial and time costs associated with classroom settings near or far away from businesses.

Online Learning Software
From a learning management system (LMS) to a learning content management system (LCMS), online learning software has come a long way and vendors continue to adapt their products to customers’ preferences. Schools, companies and other organizations focused on eLearning are looking for the easiest ways to create and update courses – drawing from their own files like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PDFs, images and more.

Expect to hear a great deal more about gaming or what’s better known as gamification. It refers to the use of game mechanics as well as various game design techniques in a non-gaming environment – whether that’s in schools, businesses or other settings. Part of the debate centers on learners’ interest, but the approach appears to be gaining acceptance.

Social Media
From YouTube and Vimeo to Facebook and Twitter, educators, trainers, students will continue to find ways to share key information and collaborate throughout the learning process. The value of social networks and social media tools should vary on the student.

SMS Texting
To support eLearning, SMS texting will have many uses, including notifying students and instructors about key events, cancellations, approaching deadlines, course information and more.

Community Managers and Curators
Sharon Boller, a frequent industry speaker and president of Bottom-Line Performance, Inc., addresses a shift from trainers to more community managers and curators in her white paper, “Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities.”

She notes: “The skills of today’s trainers need to morph to include skills at content curation and distribution. Rather than training people formally, the curator will gather useful resources and content, organize it well, and distribute it out.”