Guest blog post by Lesley Vos. Lesley is a freelance writer with a background in private education.
More and more students (both young and old) are turning to modern technologies to get an education. eLearning has become a new trend, and we have nothing to do but ride the wave.
According to the Global Industry Analytics Report, the global eLearning market is going to reach $107 billion in 2015; plus, ed tech funding is not going to slow down after jumping 55 percent last year.
With that in mind, you must be wondering what the latest eLearning trends are; moreover, you’re thinking about trying some of them, aren’t you?
Some top ed tech and eLearning trends are really surprising, and it is quite difficult to choose the best ones. Here are seven must-tries for you to check:
The needs of individual learners play the most important role now. Learning environments, curriculum, content, feedback, and pedagogy in general are tailored to your personal motivators, interests, and proficiency level.
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Technologies do not sleep, and one of the latest eLearning trends to watch is… a watch, actually. So, you can wear your learning now. Literally. The micro screen of a smart watch may seem not very comfortable for learning, but some of its direct applications are designed in a way to alert you when you perform your tasks incorrectly.
Such programs are much like having your own individual virtual coach that tells you what do to via a Bluetooth headset.
While online educators use gamification to engage students and get them interested in their subject, this concept works for eLearning, too. Different game design techniques and mechanics are used to motivate learners, inspire them, and help them to achieve their goals in a more game-like way.
LearnDash shares some interesting information on how gamification may affect learners and why it can be deservedly called a top eLearning trend today:
- Over 75% of people are “gamers” (50% casually and 27% moderately).
- 80% of learners say that their productivity would increase if their university was more game-like.
So, using games as an eLearning strategy is worth trying.
Online Experts Help
Despite the fact many students go online to get education, they still have to deal with different research, reports, and other types of academic assignments. Dozens of informative resources have been created to guide them and provide some help: experts on different fields build online societies, blogs, groups, and communities to offer consultations.
How can they help?
- To provide you with resources for academic research;
- To discuss different educative topics with you, provide opposite views, statements, etc.;
- To find necessary books for you;
- To consult with you on academic writing and tell you how to write essays that work;
- To proofread or edit your assignments;
- To advise which research to use for bibliographies, and much more.
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Do you know a student who wouldn’t have a smartphone today? The benefits of mobile learning are obvious, and it’s not surprising that your mobile phone becomes the #1 gadget you use to find, download, keep, and send learning material.
Mobile phones give you access to any online course anytime you need it. They help you learn and remember the information easier, as it’s delivered on smaller pieces to be mobile-friendly. They know your interests and location (yes, they do!), so they help to put your learning into context.
By choosing eLearning, more and more learners use their schools as a service (SaaS) today. There is no need to visit lectures or seminars and spend hours in classrooms listening to boring professors. The only thing they need institutions for is controlling the education process and checking/estimating results.
SaaS also takes place in big enterprises and organizations that build academies to manage their own eLearning courses and certification programs and teach their employees. So, it’s clear that ed tech covers not only people who struggle for diplomas but corporate giants, too.
MOOC stands for for “massive online open courses”, and many students have access to education through them. This trend’s rise has been observed over several years, and it seems that dozens of universities will use MOOCs to give their degrees by 2020.
MOOCs allow thousands of students to get education virtually and instructors to create, record, edit, and deliver their courses to as many people as possible. It’s like a global classroom where eLearning rises to a new and higher level.
Which of these eLearning and ed tech trends have you tried already? Do you consider them worth attention?
Seven is not the limit, and you can find many more interesting trends in online education, for sure. Share your experiences in the comments below!