E-learning is a a vastly growing and thriving field. With new forms of technology constantly being formed and created, this industry is rapidly and continuously evolving. It is clear that 2016 will be a revolutionary year for e-learning. Overall, we can expect a larger focus on creating a more personalized approach to learning through pace adjusting, customized content presentation, and leveraging student interests. Here are a few trends to look for in 2016:
Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are becoming more and more popular among educators, both in person and online. Social media collaboration allows students to work together outside of the classroom and gives shy students the ability to voice their opinions. In order to eliminate privacy issues, many sites like Facebook have been working on creating versions of their sites specifically made for educators and students.
In today’s busy society, grabbing and maintaining the attention of students has become increasingly difficult. In order to counter this, e-learners are beginning to spend more time exploring the world of learning games by applying game dynamics into non-gaming lessons and contexts. Gamification is creating promising results, motivating students to achieve their goals in a fun manner.
Implementing Wearable Technology
Wearable tech products like Google Glass, Oculus Rift and smart watches have taken the world by storm. These products provide their wearers with a unique opportunity to interact with new information and content in a dynamic way. In the near future, students may be able to complete lessons, participate in immersive learning games, or even go on field trips across the world.
Responsive Learning Management Systems
The growth of virtual learning has resulted in an increase in data, information, coursework and communication. Through Learning Management Systems (LMS), districts, e-learning companies, and teachers alike are now able to better administer, track, document and report classroom and online material. Most importantly, a more reactive LMS will allow educators to better tailor their curriculum and lesson plans according to their student’s preferences and needs, creating a more customizable and personalized learning experience.
New and Improved Blended Learning
Throughout the year, you may see the definition of blended learning begin to evolve. No longer is blended learning just seen as the combination of brick and mortar classroom methods and online learning, it is now categorized as the combination of different learning strategies, channels like synchronous and asynchronous, multi device learning, and mixing courses with different resources. In 2016, look forward to seeing e-learning merging with multiple technologies and channels, bringing it all together to create a diverse learning experience.