The disruption to face-to-face learning that the pandemic caused has pushed eLearning content development to new heights.
Technology, the gig economy, and automation have transformed the nature of work, causing a mismatch between workers and employers. Employers cannot hire workers who possess the exact skills they need as skills employers rely on change. It has created a skill gap.
A recent Deloitte report indicates that there will be 2.4 million positions unfilled in manufacturing alone between 2018 and 2028, with an economic impact of $2.5 trillion. Ongoing training is the key to closing the skills gap in manufacturing and other industries.
It is true not only for existing employees but for those who wish to become employable. Lifelong learning is rapidly becoming a norm, and the most effective way to deliver the skills employers need is through eLearning.
What is E-Learning Content Development?
E-Learning stands for electronic delivery of structured lessons in a multitude of forms. Consequently, eLearning content development has gained increased interest. Different types of eLearning content include videos, quizzes, simulations, and other interactive activities.
Content development for eLearning has become a booming industry creating the need for these eLearning materials.
Global Market Insights reports that eLearning will continue to evolve and grow as a field and surpass $300 million soon. It is mainly due to an increasingly well-trained workforce that can contribute to the measurable growth of an enterprise.
In addition, establishing a relevant, continuous eLearning program leads to higher employee satisfaction levels.
The strategies and tools that eLearning companies use to build and deliver courses can vary. One thing is sure, however – if they don’t keep up with trends, they’ll lose their advantage.
Below are a few of the most important eLearning trends you need to monitor:
Although the video has been relevant in content development for some time now, it still deserves a place on the list as it remains the most popular type of content. One month worth of video content has been uploaded to YouTube more than all United States national TV channels combined over the last 30 years.
Since it can be integrated into virtually all eLearning programs and stand alone or be combined with other learning activities, the video fits well in eLearning environments.
With so many videos on YouTube, you don’t necessarily have to create yourself; you can curate another from a teacher or company.
The Virtual Classroom
Video conferencing and online whiteboards are most commonly used in virtual classrooms for live collaboration. Those classes provide synchronous instruction because of interactive capabilities that replicate the physical classroom.
This format has gained popularity because there are large numbers of K-12 students displaced by the pandemic. For these students, the benefits are connecting with their teachers and asking questions in real-time.
Microlearning differs from a single long course in that it makes use of mini-courses that can be absorbed in smaller blocks of time. Its efficiency improves with microlearning because the content is digested at a faster rate.
A good option when microlearning is needed right away when a how-to is needed is incorporating videos, podcasts, polls, and infographics. Microlearning also makes learners engage and not overwhelm them by taking things at their own pace.
Through the adaptation of video game design, Gamification motivates people to learn. Part education, part entertainment, Gamification captivates the interest of learners and encourages them to continue learning.
Through game-like ‘wins’ (AKA rewards), Gamification is a successful approach for adults seeking professional development and students in the classroom.
The use of social media as a planned effort to encourage employees to post, share, hashtag, and converse with their peers is a natural evolution to anyone who is a social butterfly. Facebook alone has 2.4 billion users.
Colleagues learn more efficiently in a natural environment while also learning anywhere and at any time. One example of this type of professional development is a trade organization’s Facebook Group, in which members can ask open questions to each other.
Social learning is in line with the concept of lifelong learning, as it is a continuous endeavor throughout one’s career.
The Mobile Learning experience
With the universal adoption of mobile devices, the introduction of mobile learning was inevitable. Imagine the convenience of accessing a quick course via a cell phone on your morning commute.
Mobile learning is flexible since it can include texts, videos, audio, podcasts, and more. Moreover, it facilitates collaboration between students and teachers. Its downside, however, is that it sometimes causes too much distraction.
In eLearning, AI knows what a student knows and doesn’t know how to personalize future experiences accordingly. Although integrating AI is expensive and complex, it has the advantage of tailoring a course to each learner based on their performance.
Rather than learning hard skills associated with a school subject or career market, there has been a shift towards topics that help people succeed across roles and industries.
The Life-Work curriculum includes classes in leadership, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. Employees need skills and work attitudes like these to adapt to change, take on new responsibilities, and be more effective working with others.
In the next few decades, e-learning is expected to grow significantly, resulting in fierce competition within the market. Providers of quality e-learning increasingly use modern technologies. Integrating them with analytics will break new ground for e-learning.