E-learning Trends that Will Rock 2017

With the pace of technology, innovation is accelerating and the society is changing faster than ever. With artificial intelligence, mobile apps for education and game-based learning, education is becoming way more fun! In short together technology and education are changing the face of global learning. Vast increase in internet-connected devices, global data traffic and mobile video traffic, has helped the education sector to enter a new era, which is “learning through mobile devices”. However, in an emerging economic market like India the e-learning trend is catching up and seems to be all set to make a deep impression not only on the Indian economy but also highly in the field of education. Let’s have a look at some of the E-learning trends that will boom in 2017:

  1. Automated E-learning

We are usually used to the term rapid eLearning development but automation concept is an advance level of the same. Automated technologies can evaluate tests, course content elements, assessment questions and exercises. Nowadays e-learning developers are trying to focus on the improvement of quality of content and context linked to it rather than working on user experience and other visual design details.

In future automation will soon create faster course authoring tools that will present content efficiently and effectively. Additionally, they will also help in preparing faster assessments and other eLearning content. Nowadays organizations look for online courses that can be developed fast and is economical too.  Thus in 2017 a fresh training trend, ‘automated e-learning development’, will create ripples. As a result organizations will use software applications that can automate e-learning development activities, for instance creating online assessments and learning games, to deluge over the ever restricted development timelines and low budgets.

  1. Interactive Videos

They are back in glory! Wondering whom we are talking about? Yes, we are talking about both real life videos and 2D/3D animation videos. Earlier, video was ‘the’ mode of training delivery via VHS tapes. Most organizations possessed a library of videos and a training room to view them. But when gradually training began to shift to web-based delivery formats, use of videos became almost impossible and the reason was low bandwidths available in the initial days and video abruptly went out of fashion.

Today, times have changed and powerful mobile devices combined with WiFi or 4G/3G speeds have led to the renaissance of videos in training. YouTube is just an ideal example for video-based training as we all get benefited in both our personal and professional lives.

In 2017 there will be a continual surge in the use of videos for both learning and performance support and to extract even better value, making them interactive is the key. There are different ways to do this for instance, while learners watch for a specific behavior or action in a video, note down their observations, and then compare them with an expert’s observations; or embedding interactivity within a video clip itself in a meaningful way in order to achieve a specific learning outcome.

  1. Gamification

The market for game-based online learning solutions seems to be increasing by leaps and bounds over the last few years, and there is no slow down for this trend in 2017.  At present mobile devices also bring in the opportunity to use geo-location and augmented reality, thereby adding to create game-based learning solutions. Today quite a lot of e-learning software vendors such as Articulate, Adobe, and many more are enhancing the game-based learning development abilities of their products, to meet the growing demand.

Let’s wait and watch which e-learning trends would be latent industry game-changers for 2017. With e-learning being a new generation trend that has been adapted to make learning more engaging and fun for students, Tricon Infotech is a company that has positioned itself as a well-known name for developing innovative and captivating games/ animations to empower eLearning.