Top Learning Trends for 2019 | eLearning

As we kick off a brand new year, we thought it would be fun to explore the top learning trends for 2019. Our top 5 can be found below!

Adaptive Learning

This style of learning is on the rise and for good reason! eLearning Learning had this to say about this trend:

Adaptive learning faces the challenge of creating personalizing learning in a large-scale, computer-driven environment. Online learning doesn’t necessarily have opportunities for teachers to personally tailor learning. Adaptive learning uses more technology as the solution. It actually uses computer algorithms and learner input to determine what material to deliver that will best suit learner needs. Rebekah Clarke, a Learning Solution and Experience Designer at Holman-Clarke Group said, “I think Adaptive Learning is probably the most important trend I see happening.”

She explained how important it is that adaptive learning enables the content and the feedback to dynamically adjust as the learner answers questions in a quiz or interaction. Picture a quiz that offers different questions depending on their responses to the first questions. “They are (1) receiving what’s relevant to them or (2) receiving materials to address a specific gap they have.”

Artificial Intelligence

Using AI is going to be very beneficial over the next year as if can be used to personalize learning more and more for the individual user. Adobe eLearning describes it this way:

Artificial Intelligence assistance has picked up in the eLearning space. Organizations are now offering innovative solutions where bots are able to guide learners both on the learning path, as well as during the courses.

Artificial Intelligence will be used to predict learner behavior, as well as help personalize the learning. Based on the modules that were taken by learners and the difficulties or challenges faced, better personalization will be brought about. Voice-guided bots will also help learners to search for key content in modules. As I see it, organizations will be implementing newer methods of Artificial Intelligence support for their learners in both the learning process and during the moment of need. An example of this could be an intelligent chatbot that can act as support for technical queries.

Social Learning 

Having users collaborate and learn together will also grow over the next year.

Social learning involves collaboration between individuals at the workplace through various modes, such as forums, informal chat sessions, sharing sessions, and learning circles. Social learning has picked up in the last few years thanks to the emphasis on building a learning organization. As more collaborative tools are developed, social learning will continue to grow and leave an impact in the year 2019 and beyond. — Adobe eLearning 

Video Based Learning 

This medium has grown over the past 2 years and will only continue into the future.

Videos are one of the hottest modes of training right now. The popularity of video-based sites like YouTube have forced organizations to adopt more videos into their training. Be it Instructor-Led Training that is interspersed with anecdotal or contextual videos, or eLearning where videos play an integral part in disseminating information, videos are here to stay.

The focus is on decreasing the load time and the size of videos using various tools. Video-based learning will continue to grow and will be an important trend to watch out for in the year 2019 and beyond. — eLearning Industry

User Knowledge Share 

This trend and social learning go hand in hand. Having learners collaborate and share information will only help learning stick longer.

Mark Anderson, CEO of eLogic Learning, believes one of the most important things that’s starting to become more common in online learning is “knowledge sharing from learners within their peer groups.”

Organic knowledge share is very common among people who sit next to each other at the office, but in companies with multiple offices or remote workers, the effect is limited. By not all being in the same place, users lose a valuable source for strengthening common knowledge. Using LMS software to encourage sharing knowledge with all workers is a solution to that. Features like video management and user file share can turn an LMS into a place where people learn both from courses and from each other. — eLearning Learning 

We hope spelling out some of the trends this year helps you embrace them and use them for your learning goals this next year!


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