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Another season, another roundup. Here’s all the eLearning news that you’ve missed from the beginning of March 2019 to the end of May 2019.
eLearning industry news: Gathering momentum
The eLearning industry is changing, evolving, diving into the deep waters of maturity. We’re not talking about a developing sector anymore. We’re talking about an advanced market which shapes the way people think, work, and do business.
Here is spring’s most exciting eLearning industry news:
- Global Market Insights’ research on eLearning trends suggests that the eLearning market size will have exceeded $200 billion by 2024. This finding doesn’t only prove that eLearning is growing as a concept. It also implies how big the platform for further research and development has become. [Global Market Insights]
- After exploring the current trends in eLearning, JSW Steel used results to help women succeed in an industry in which they’re often overlooked. To attract and retain women at JSW, the organization surveyed female employees. The majority said that career and learning opportunities are vital for their professional growth. The hashtag #GirlsWannaLearn was created, and JSW leveraged eLearning to deliver what their female employees wanted. [People Matters]
- Nestlé’s famed human rights online training has been completed by more than 100,000 Nestlé employees in 72 countries. Now, the company has made this learning material available to the public so more companies and individuals can gain an understanding of human rights. [Nestlé]
- The Indian online education industry will grow from 1.6 million users in 2016 to 9.6 million users by 2021. Both students and corporate employees will have to adjust their learning habits to the latest trends in eLearning. Don’t forget that we’re talking about the second most populous country in the world. So, this growth will eventually apply to the whole planet. [KPMG]
- The global eLearning corporate compliance training market is expected to grow by $1.4 billion by the end of 2024. New research indicates that the rising trend of BYOD policy attributes to the growth of eLearning corporate compliance training. Last but not least, according to the same study, TalentLMS is among the first players in the market. Woohoo! [Qurate Research]
Allow us to take you back eight years ago. That was a time when hardly anyone actually knew what eLearning was — let alone read the latest eLearning news. It was also a time when many skeptical academics couldn’t see how eLearning could help education blossom.
Keep reading to see how all of this has changed.
eLearning in schools: The snow days are over
There’s so much going on with education right now. But one thing’s for sure: it’s changing. Really fast. And as for eLearning in 2019 in schools? The news is even better. Because schools today are turning to online learning for various reasons.
Here are just a few of them:
- It was in discussions for a long time. But now it’s happening. eLearning is officially one of the latest trends in education. The reason? Tennessee banked up 10 snow days for the 2018-2019 school year; in North Carolina, educational institutions remained closed for weeks after Hurricane Florence. So, schools all over the country are now turning snow days into eLearning days. Sorry, kids! [AccuWeather]
- Ontario’s Education Minister, Lisa Thompson, says that Ford’s government is working on a new project to require students to complete four online courses to graduate from high school. We might not know any specific details yet, but the project will be implemented starting in 2020. [The Star]
- A middle school in Athens, Alabama, uses eLearning for sick students, so they can stay inside and not spread the flu. This way, students can work and study from home when they don’t feel well and, at the same time, experience learning almost like they were in the classroom. Remember the struggle to keep up with homework when you went back to school after a week or so? Not anymore. [WHNT News 19]
- eLearning makes exams for barrister trainees in the UK more accessible. To complete the bar course, students today need to spend up to £20,000. Now, with a new course in the making, the ICCA will charge about £8,000 less due to reduced expenses. eLearning and the trends in learning and development, of course, play an essential role. With the first part of the course going online (with films, podcasts, and quizzes), the cost is definitely decreased, and the honorific title comes one step closer. [The Guardian]
So, does all this eLearning news mean that kids will no longer have to attend school? Are school nights officially over? Are children getting more dependent on technology than they should? No. No. And no. It merely means that we’ve reached a point where education has a new best friend: eLearning.
Beyond the desk: eLearning in life
There are times when learning is not just for professional or educational use. Because it might as well serve a more critical, vital role. And the four stories below prove it:
- The World Health Organization released new dementia prevention guidelines. According to their estimations, in the next 30 years, the number of dementia patients is expected to triple. Along with the guidelines, they created iSupport, an eLearning platform specially designed for people with dementia. iSupport will offer advice on the management of care, dealing with behavior changes, and looking after your health. Probably one of the greatest pieces of online learning news! [World Health Organization]
- Ohio Farm Bureau developed an interactive, online education program to increase safety awareness for farm workers and eliminate farm-related accidents. The program was developed in collaboration with Nationwide and Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science. Well, that’s a cool way to nip it in the bud! [Ohio Farm Bureau]
- Boeing plans to update the software for their 737 Max jets, the model involved in a deadly crash last October. To study the differences between the 737 Max model and previous 737 jets, and qualify to fly the plane, pilots at American Airlines were trained via an eLearning course made up of three hours of video presentations. The airline used another eLearning trend we’ve seen a lot in the latest eLearning industry news stories: mobile learning. [The New York Times]
- The National Safety Council published a free, interactive, online course to provide information about hot car deaths. The course can be completed in 15 minutes or less. Let’s all take a minute and take it, right? [National Safety Council]
So, this was everything that happened during spring. Was there anything on the eLearning news that we missed? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll try to update this post asap!