eLearning Predictions: Where will eLearning be 1 year from now?

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elearningfutureIt’s incredibly hard to make predictions for the future. Things can change in a heartbeat, especially in the technology industry, where inventions and developments can change the trajectory of a product overnight.

So when we think about eLearning courses and where they might be in a year or two, it can be tricky to pin down the developments that will make the most difference.

What might seem inconceivable to us now may become commonplace in a year’s time; conversely, what is the ‘next big thing’ at the moment may be relegated to the ‘nice idea but would never work’ dustbin in a month.

However, there are a few things we can be certain of when it comes to eLearning modules:

eLearning will be more fun

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There’s not much worse than having to drag yourself through a boring eLearning module, is there? Okay, a bad case of the runs might be worse, but ultimately a mind-numbingly dull eLearning unit will be up there with the worst of them.

That’s why we can say almost categorically that any learning technologies company worth its salt – and any organisation that cares about its employees – will create eLearning that is fun and enjoyable for learners. How this is achieved isn’t as clear-cut, though we suggest using a game-based authoring tool to do the job. Read more about that here!

eLearning will be a game for developers

If taking eLearning modules is a bore, just think how soul crushing it is to develop such deadly dull modules! In the future, eLearning production will become enjoyable in and of itself. This’ll help developers, subject matter experts and other L&D professionals to create truly exceptional eLearning. If the creators of content are having fun and enjoying the process, the eLearning they create will far surpass anything made by brain-dead drones forced to work with out of date slideshow presentations…

settingseLearning will be incredibly interactive and personalised

Right now, a lot of eLearning deserves to be rounded up and eradicated. You’ve probably experienced it before: click ‘Next’. Read the page. Click ‘Next’. Read the page. Click ‘Next’. Select your answer from three possible choices. Click ‘Next’. Read the page. And so on, ad infinitum. It’s not exactly riveting, is it?

We live in a world where interactivity is valued. We can interact with petrol pumps by selecting our preferred method of payment; we can buy cinema tickets online or on our smartphones and select exactly which seat we’d like to plonk ourselves; in fact, in some cinemas we can even push a little button on our seat to request snacks during the film! We can interact with the environment around us to such an extent that it seems almost alien to not be able to do this during eLearning.

Why should we be forced to passively sit through eLearning when an Apple Watch can tell us when it’s time to stand up and stretch? When our car knows our preferred seat position from our partner’s? It’s like being forced to order a ‘coffee’ when what we really want is a venti, half-whole milk, one quarter 1%, one quarter non-fat, extra hot, split quad shots, no foam latte, with whip, 2 packets of splenda, 1 sugar in the raw, a touch of vanilla syrup and 3 short sprinkles of cinnamon.

Discovery Method input personal experiencesIn the future, eLearning units will know our names. We’ll be able to enter specific details into the module – our job role, specific challenges, problem colleagues – and the content will adapt accordingly. In all, it’ll make for a much richer learning experience and result in a deeper level of understanding. Which is exactly what we’re aiming for with eLearning!

These are just a few ways that we think eLearning will change over the next year. In some respects, we’re already there… Our new content authoring tool, Genie, is gamified to make the development experience engaging for content creators, and produces some really rather fantastic game-based eLearning units to keep learners happy, too. Read more about Genie here or click the button below to head on over to Genie’s magical lair:

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