Change in all human life facets is inevitable. The eLearning industry is not safe from changes either. Technology comes and goes. Pedagogy strategies come and go. Similarly, instruction and eLearning course design ideas come, stay and move out to make way for new, more effective ones. In this article we will talk about some changes that need to be made in your eLearning design toolbox. Are you ready to say goodbye to some eLearning trends?
As research in eLearning broadens and evolves, so do adopted practices. Some practices have been very successful in the past, but they now need to retire, for justifiable reasons.
Why this dramatic change in eLearning development strategies, you may ask. The main reason behind this quick fade-out and fade-in is user experience study. UX, as it’s most commonly referred to, is now dictating the way learners (and website users) prefer to view online interfaces.
Another notable reason to make space for a change are the multiple devices adopted by learners. It is not uncommon for learners to own a tablet, smartphone, document reader and laptop.
So, here are some of the eLearning trends in design and development that we’re waving goodbye to:
1. Away with the Text!
The PDFs, PPTs and DOCs that have dominated the eLearning content scene for too long are the first to see the door.
In the field, there has always been the need to integrate interactivity with large volumes of text. The goal is to create highly engaging test items adjacent to the newly introduced content.
Text-based content is still necessary to convey the message. But, in this visual age, which is coupled with shorter attention spans of learners and tighter schedules, text is not the only way to convey the message.
And what does this mean for eLearning developers? More design time to convert text to visual.
2. Simpler LMS – the hottest of new eLearning trends
Simple is the new golden word. Simple style, simple learning environment. We cannot stress this enough!
With multimedia consumers quickly becoming producers, the need to create in-house eLearning programs is a progressive practice! An LMS cannot be complicated and expert-friendly only. Corporations are observed to have moved away from larger, stand-alone systems and into smaller, resourceful, versatile and manageable learning management systems.
Simpler LMSs will gain a wider market share. Gone are the days when a course needed certain bells and whistles to shine well in an equally “techy” LMS.
3. Screen Real Estate
Cloud computing is the master in the corporate training environment. Our growing mobile dependency has shifted the corporate learning scene from the traditional, server-driven and browser-based experiences to the Cloud.
Mobile-learning, or mLearning, is rising to the occasion. This translates to smaller screen sizes, faster connection speeds, touch based interfaces, resourceful-power based interfaces and a unique user experience, not limited to special learning needs and styles. Looks like versatility is the new eLearning trend!
Processing power is no longer contained within the device; it has moved to the Cloud. With the rising popularity of augmented reality through most smartphone auxiliary devices, we wouldn’t be surprised if eLearning dominated the arena. So what does this mean for current eLearning developers and corporate trainers? Train to train using the mobile!
4. Traditional Classrooms phase out…
Unfortunately, another of the eLearning trends that is really being phased out is classroom learning – and we can demonstrate this argument through several examples.
Medium to large corporations are increasingly offering telecommuting options to their employees. Distributed workforces and the need for custom-based training content or localized content is demanding eLearning solutions.
Also, the popularity of the Cloud is driving eLearning higher up in the demand list, leaving the traditional classroom surprisingly emptier by the year! Another word from the extant statistics: The eLearning industry business is expected to touch $107 billion in 2016!
5. Bye bye Flash!
Okay, we have three uprising developments that are bidding final farewell to Flash: the need for better performance, the need for greater security and the influence of mobile devices (especially smartphones). All three have united to phase out Flash-based eLearning programs.
The decline of Flash designs has been observed for quite a while now. This is due to the HTML5 influence that boasts greater device compatibility. In fact, Flash is no longer available in Google Store or Apple Apps Store.
eLearning companies are swiftly working towards the flash to HTML5 conversion. It’s high time you too jumped the cloud-based eLearning bandwagon with non-Flash interface design options!
Change in learning organizations is the root for change in the organizational culture. Change truly begins in the way we learn and perceive learning in relation to performance.
eLearning programs are moving in the direction of performance. This is a welcome change and should face fewer re-development/re-organization hurdles.
The eLearning design approach is more sensitive and responsive to the learner than ever.
Keeping up with this growing need by changing your personal and professional approach to eLearning design is the wiser way to go.