At the end of every year and the start of the next people often reflect and look forward based on lessons learned and happenings. As such, one of my briefs sources produced an article doing just that; the latest is the eLearning Trends of 2018 – 57 Experts Share Their Predictions.
I will admit that I can see the growth of all of the foreseen impacts on elearning. However, I do not necessarily agree with all of the predictions. The events I notice will be more toward the everyday level of learners, cost-effective, and practical. Many of trends on the list are complicated and require significant resources. If you are in a large organization and the upper management supports learning and development, then you are likely to pursue some of the hot topics I am not listing. I believe the focus should be more on the learner and the accessibility to learning.
Instructional formats or instructional modalities (as a friend of mine states) will grow only as the learners see and believe a benefit to personal and career objectives. Such is standard for years, but is often not discussed. Accessibility will be on two fronts. First, where can learners obtain the education they seek? We are, and becoming more so, a mobile-based society. If it does not work on a smartphone, then it is likely not used. Tablets may still be in the running for a few more years, though. The second accessibility emphasis will be on ensuring learning is obtainable by persons with challenges. With the technology we have, there is little excuse that we cannot support more those with different impairments. One last element that I firmly believe will be a make it or break it point is visual microlearning. What is that? In short, learning will need delivered in formats that are visually captivating and address small elements or chunks of materials. Learners will take want the bite-sized learning and use that for their benefit. Also, learners will collect more of the nuggets to support their expertise and gain new knowledge and skills.
My list for 2018 follows. Regardless of the instructional modality, supportive theories, or funds poured into development, the educational consumer will drive the market for learning.
- Subscription tools and learning
- Science-based learning
- Personalized learning
- Performance Support