Online learning is constantly in a state of flux. In 2020, the global pandemic changed everything about how we train our workforces. Three years later, here are some evolving trends to watch.
Technology has come a long way in the past few years, and augmented reality is now within reach for many businesses looking to enhance their e-learning strategy. Augmented and virtual realities can draw students into an immersive world, bridging the gap between traditional e-learning and in-person environments.
Companies and organizations are just beginning to make use of these incredible new technologies, and we predict they will only grow in importance.
Gamification isn’t just for video games—it’s also an extremely effective tool for learning new skills and concepts. Gamification draws students in, gets them hooked, motivates them, and adds an element of competition that can drive students to learn more.
Short & Flexible Learning Modules
These days, it’s not unusual for students to incorporate learning whenever they have downtime throughout their day – sometimes in periods as brief as five or ten minutes. Companies are responding to this, creating short learning modules designed to teach a valuable skill or provide a refresher whenever the student has time to learn.
These modules don’t replace longer, in-depth training. Instead, they provide a valuable addition that allows students to refresh their memories, quiz themselves, or pick up a new skill in short bursts whenever they have the time.
Not all learning takes place on a desktop, and students need flexibility. That means short, easily gamified modules that are available not just on the desktop, but on mobile devices as well. More and more companies and organizations are making their online learning accessible across all devices, so they can meet their employees where they are.
In some industries, an in-person training component will always be needed. But more and more companies are finding ways to incorporate blended learning, so learning doesn’t have to be confined to the classroom—and students have more flexibility and agency.
Hybrid or blended learning brings an element of independence and flexibility to even the most hands-on training program. Many companies that once only offered in-person training are starting to incorporate e-learning elements to augment in-person programs.
Online learning is always changing and responding to the needs of the students and organizations that depend on it. Consider implementing augmented reality, gamification, shorter and more flexible modules, and hybrid learning strategies to your training program and see your students reap the benefits.
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