Here are some key corporate eLearning trends to watch in 2016. Some of them have been around for few years already and they are expected to grow significantly during 2016.
Mobile learning continues to grow. It is not the latest trend in eLearning technologies, however, it is definitely the one to consider in 2016 as the use of mobile devices and the need for easily accessible learning materials is increasing. Mobile learning is about instantly accessing information from anywhere at any time through devices like tablets or mobile phones. These factors make mobile learning one of the most flexible forms of corporate learning. Mobile learning is perfect for implementing micro-learning within the organisation in order to achieve specific performance objectives. What is more, mobile learning benefits the overall corporate learning strategies in terms of providing on-the-go training to remote workers.
Wearable technologies, such as smartwatches, make elearning even more accessible and more engaging. Wearable technology offers another platform of learning for learners who increasingly expect their learning materials to be accessible at any time from anywhere. Employees can quickly access the online training modules, interactive manuals, or other online materials whenever they need to learn more about a process or task.
Bite sized learning
Bite sized learning is about delivering training through short and relevant chunks of information. Receiving relevant information in smaller chunks helps learners stay focused and makes it easier to process and to remember information; this means that it can increase engagement and knowledge retention. Bite sized learning leads to better learning results which generate positive business outcomes.
Personalisation is one of the key methods to engage employees in learning. In the context of corporate learning, personalised learning is about providing learning in the context that is relevant to individual learners. This means that “one size fits all” approach might not be the most useful in terms of delivering a successful workplace learning strategy. Personalised learning can help management see the strengths and weaknesses of the workforce and to decide what are the areas that require more training.
The main idea behind gamification is based on applying game thinking and game mechanics in the context of learning and is expected to engage learners in problem solving. Gamification in corporate learning has become extremely popular in recent years and it is another way to make eLearning more fun and engaging. Moreover, it does not only encourage some healthy competition amongst co-workers, it can also help employees practice and put to use the modules they have completed. In the context of corporate eLearning, gamification can be implemented through points, levels, rewards, challenges, badges, instant feedback or leaderboards.
Are you already incorporating any of these trends into your eLearning strategy? If not, then you may want to think about how you can integrate them in the coming year to get the most out of your corporate eLearning strategies. Staying up to date with the latest trends in corporate eLearning is very important for delivering effective training in the workplace and for improving the overall business performance.