In 2020, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced populations across the planet to adapt to unforeseen challenges in innovative and strategic ways. One area that has experienced a major increase in momentum is the eLearning industry.
With international businesses and institutions temporarily closing their doors to curb the spread of COVID-19, various eLearning trends have seen exponential growth that will continue into 2021 and beyond. Here at HALIGHT, our staff and clientele have actively participated in the transition from office and retail settings to working, training, and learning entirely online.
As the pandemic lingers, we are dedicated to continuously improving our approach to creating rewarding and supportive eLearning experiences that will collectively benefit the needs of our staff and clientele. Through mobile learning, immersive technologies, gamification, video-based training, and microlearning, this year will be chock-full of exciting trends that will strengthen the eLearning industry as our society continues to perform remotely.
In recent years, more people have been relying on their smartphones to quickly access information without having to dig through endless resources to find answers. Last year, COVID-19 forced more people to stay indoors and consequently, users from all backgrounds turned to mobile apps, desktop computers, and social media platforms to work, study, and socialize. Businesses and institutions began to embrace this massive shift by prioritizing their mobile and online platforms as the main point of contact between their brand and clientele.
At HALIGHT, we have successfully managed to transition our business to an entirely remote model by building partnerships, recruiting, and training staff online. We know the value of quick mobile access to key resources. With that in mind, we re-developed our proprietary training software into a mobile-responsive framework. This means all training we produce and deploy will be mobile ready with sales reps in mind.
We also know that, with remote working, employees are using a variety of devices to access their work and connect with colleagues. In addition to mobile ready, it is important for platforms to be accessible across a wide range of devices for learners who rely on desktops or tablets instead.
As the pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, establishments now need to focus on enhancing their eLearning platforms to be more responsive and user compatible than ever before.
The rise of Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) have transformed the ways in which users learn and process information. Since these immersive technologies complement gamification so well, developers now have the creative freedom to incorporate game-like elements into these alternate realities. Gamifications give users the opportunity to actively enjoy the learning process by personally engaging with subject matter.
The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have motivated educators and content developers to seek innovative and immersive ways to keep learners more engaged while studying and training at home. As learners stay at home to combat the global pandemic, these alternatives to in-person learning offer engaging experiences that allow users to interact with real-life scenarios all from the comfort of their own homes.
The possibilities are endless with augmented and virtual field trips, travel, entertainment, retail, and business environments becoming more natural in 2021.
With more employees and students working and studying from home, video-based learning continues to flourish as users interact with video training, lectures, and virtual classrooms. Notably, while pre-recorded videos were popular before, the pandemic shifted more people towards increased digital connectivity. As a result, real-time learning experiences have emerged to promote socialization and enhanced learner retention via video conferencing tools.
A standard component of the eLearning industry, microlearning allows learners to easily digest content quickly and efficiently as it is accessible on a wide range of devices – mobile, desktop, and video. In 2021, microlearning will continue to be a staple in the eLearning industry, with some predicted emerging trends set to further enhance its effectiveness.
The tremendous growth and modernization of eLearning platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic have greatly shifted society’s perspective on the industry. Now, more people than ever before are starting to understand just how big of an impact online learning can have on businesses, institutions, employees, and students alike, and this impact will continue to be felt in the upcoming years.
As the year progresses, there are two trends predicted to boost the eLearning industry to better support organizations working and training remotely: Learning Experience Platforms (LXP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms. Each of these complements mobile learning and microlearning precisely.
LXP are designed with staff training in mind as they encompass a variety of integrated technologies that support tasks like content aggregation, tracking learning activities and progress, and the formation of different career and learning pathways. On the other hand, AI will allow learners to receive assisted learning by chatbots, providing learners with additional support online.
Each of these trends will prove to be beneficial as 2021 unfolds by providing learners with all the resources and tools that they need to succeed in a predominantly remote world.
While the previous year pressured our global community to react swiftly to circumstances beyond our control, this year we are better prepared to handle these events and to tackle the challenges proactively and with the determination to excel. At HALIGHT, we are enthusiastic about the ongoing developments in the eLearning industry and what they mean for our staff and clientele. These improvements and modernizations reflect the new norm of working, training, and learning online and we are excited to continue with implementing these changes into the work that we do!
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