eLearning Predictions for 2015

2014 seemed to come and go in a flash, didn’t it? It seems like we were just chatting about 2013 trends, and now we’re talking about 2015.

We and many others have already shared our picks for the top trends in our industry this year. Our industry is advancing so fast, it’s interesting to see how much top trends change just from one year to the next! Before the end-of-year celebrations begin, let’s pause to consider what our industry will likely be seeing in the new year.

Ongoing Training and Coaching via Learning Campaigns

Organizational leaders are catching on that the information-dump training sessions of old no longer work. Technology now lets us follow a campaign model in our eLearning, delivering training material to users when they need it. Information can be broken into easily-consumed chunks and we can follow up with automated reminders, coaching and more.

Personalized Learning Experiences

Rather than cramming employees of all different disciplines and experience into one room for a training class that may or may not apply to their role, organizations are moving toward personalized experiences, creating custom pathways based on role, experience and individual training needs.

We can use digital dialogues to assess each learner’s background and knowledge level, and send them down the most appropriate path.

eLearning will shift into developing markets

As technology becomes more globally accessible, we’ll see eLearning adoption spread into emerging markets.

In its 2014 E-Learning Market Trends & Forecast Report, Docebo attributed the highest regional growth rates to Asia (driven by India, China and Australia) at 17.3%, Eastern Europe (driven by Russia) at 16.9%,  followed by Africa and Latin America at 15.2%, and 14.6%, respectively.

Of course, eLearning is a broad area, and Docebo’s study was also able to uncover the three largest areas of growth under the the eLearning umbrella: Content, Authoring tools, and Learning Platforms.

Big Data and Robust Reporting

Digitizing training allows for advanced data collection and aggregation, and we’re figuring out better ways to leverage that data to understand our audience, optimize our learning campaigns and measure training effectiveness, especially in the days and weeks following training. Is training driving sustained behavioral change? Now we can find out.

Continued Growth in Mobile Adoption and Custom Apps

Mobile adoption for delivering training was one of our top trends for 2014, and in 2015, we expect that trend to continue with increasing use of custom mobile apps for learning. LMS systems have made interactive training content available online, and mobile applications are the next frontier, giving learners access to the same content on a mobile device. This offers flexibility and allows for device preference, or a BYOD approach.

That wraps up our two-part year-end series on eLearning trends. Do you agree or disagree with the trends our team identified? Leave us a comment below and let us know what trends you’re excited about for 2015.

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