It’s becoming evident that predictive trends are beneficial to the e-learning industry because they allow organizations to capitalize on these trends before they take off. Lambda has been in this industry for 13 years, so we fully understand the power of predictive trends. We talked to 7 e-Learning experts and asked them what trends they thought would have the biggest impact on the way we learn at work this year. Here are just a few of the tips we received.
1. Listen to thoughts that come from outside our circles. Not everyone sees the same cracks in our system, so the one or two people in power alone are not enough to fix everything that needs fixing. We only limit our own potential when we silence the input from those we don’t classify as teachers, educators or influential. We all have insight worth sharing, so we must give each other the opportunity to share these thoughts so we can learn from one another.
2. Never underestimate the power of creativity. According to our experts, the organizations that embrace creativity will outperform those who do not. Creativity gets the brain juices flowing, allowing the very best out-of-the-box ideas to develop.
3. Lean Learning - learning things a morsel at a time. When you study for a test, you don't truly come to understand by cramming in large amounts of information at time. We come to truly knowledgable when we digest and consider concepts bit by bit. Lean Learning has the same idea - learning tidbits of information, allowing one to fully comprehend the knowledge you are taking in. This is easy to accommodate in our schedules, and it is more compatible with the way our brains work as well.
4. A rise in competency-based learning. One of the major challenges university graduates are facing is that, while they have extensive knowledge on their focussed areas of study, they lack the specific skills required for the jobs they are applying for. What’s missing is competency-based training, which is based on teaching students skills specific to job roles and company needs in modular chunks.
5. Embracing video and mobile learning. We are already seeing a rise in businesses developing their own video content in the form of webinars, commercials for new products, or guides. Humans are visual learners, and corporations are beginning to see the benefits of video and mobile in learning systems. It’s here to stay, so we might as well get with the times.
6. Social Learning - this is learning that takes place in a social context. As an example of this, spreading resources through social media makes it more likely that learners will not only read them, but engage in them - “liking” them, commenting them, and sparking a discussion. This is a much more effective method of spreading information than through traditional paths such as hard copies or email.