The world of education has grown together with digital tech over the last decade.
Nowadays, students and teachers have lessons in virtual classrooms. Plus, more and more students enrol or sign up for online courses to improve their knowledge and harness their skills.
Elearning has not only become very popular and attractive, but it also continues to grow year on year.
So, given we are in 2020, let’s take a look at some ELearning trends that will dominate and/or shape the digital education industry this year.
1. Video Learning
Did you know that people all over the world tune into YouTube for a combined one billion+ hours a day? OVER ONE BILLION HOURS EACH DAY!
Video has exploded in the last few years and continues to dominate the digital landscape. As such, video-based learning has been made more interactive and visually appealing – and this will only continue with time.
Given the many educational elements that our team at Anglia Education incorporates into our own ELearning services, the ELearning curve really is still in its early days and will grow exponentially in the coming years!
Most learners prefer video to plain text. Video content has the power to engage a student longer than any other form of learning. Information is easily delivered through bits and pieces in explainer videos and webinars.
With the massive impact of video on online learning, it has already become a huge part of online courses and curriculums.
2. Mobile Learning
Learning on the go is definitely one of the coolest things that smartphones and tablets have to offer, as is being able to learn a foreign language while travelling to different places!
The perks of mobility are very impressive. As mobile users double in number, more and more people are appreciating the advantages of mobile learning.
Mobile learning offers flexibility and accessibility – two strong factors that will certainly keep this ELearning trend red-hot in 2020.
And as that popularity continues to grow, the education industry adapts to the changes and makes mobile learning a bigger and bigger part of their teaching strategies.
3. Game-Based Learning
Gamification is another ELearning trend that has developed enormously in recent years.
It is an educational approach that offers video game design and game elements to stimulate the learning process. To be honest, game-based learning is every learner’s dream come true!
Just think about it. Learning and playing -at the same time! Is there anything better than that?
Educational institutions certainly use game-based classroom materials that promote learning and also entertain at the same time.
It’s no longer a surprise that online courses that have been gamified are more appealing to learners. Gamification boosts motivation, activates thinking skills, and encourages class participation.
4. Social and Emotional Learning
The emotional and social aspects of a student’s personality are key factors in the learning process. Social and emotional learning or SEL is an essential part of the education environment.
Elearning institutions, like Anglia Education, now pay attention to these areas of learning more than ever. We create learning strategies, educational supplements and lesson plans that support the emotional and social development of learners. A happy learner is a good learner!
5. Immersive Learning
The digital age and modern-day innovations are witnesses to the decreasing attention span of students. For example, when learners click on a YouTube explainer video and it doesn’t load after three seconds, they move on and look for another one instead.
Yes, we are also guilty of this at times (sorry)!!
This lack of attention is one of the major reasons why education providers continuously work on their learning materials. Educators craft lesson plans and curriculums that not only engage but also intrigue their learners at least enough to hold their attention for the whole duration of their class!
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality all provide a rich digital learning experience for students. These three inventions immerse learners in complex concepts that may be difficult to grasp or understand using books, video or other materials.
Yet, the immersion provided by VR, AR and MR overcome many of the challenges students struggle with.
6. Artificial Intelligence or AI
Artificial Intelligence has had a HUGE impact on online learning. One of the awesome benefits of AI in ELearning is its ability to provide information to learners anytime, anywhere, on any kind of device.
Chatbots are one of the more famous aspects of AI. Don’t you just love it when you can get instant answers to your questions – even in the middle of the night?
Making the most out of AI definitely has its share of advantages – one of which is that it can even be used as a teaching assistant (if educational institutions make use of it wisely).
AI has immensely influenced the ELearning landscape and that is not expected to change in 2020, or beyond!
Elearning: Innovating With the Times
As you’ve read, ELearning is fast-growing, fast-changing and hugely popular. It has developed dramatically over the years and given it is such a highly competitive industry, online learning providers are making waves in the education environment at a rapid pace. All aboard the ELearning train!
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