What is the future of e‑learning?

Birthday cupcake

Here at dreamm, we’re celebrating!

This month is our 10th birthday, which means we’ve been developing and designing e-learning solutions for a decade.

A lot has changed in the e-learning world over this time and, as a team, we strive to keep up to date with the very latest developments to bring our clients the best possible service. Since we’ve reached this milestone, we thought it was an opportune time to reflect on the past 10 years and look to see what the next 10 have in store for our industry.

1. Going mobile

Ten years ago no one had heard of an iPhone. Now jump on any train and most passengers will be staring at their smartphone or tablet. The popularity of handheld devices has led to the development of m-learning or mobile learning; giving learners access to e-learning programmes and material no matter where they are.

While we can’t predict the future, what we can be sure of is that technological advancements will continue to open more doors for m-learning solutions. Learners could soon take their mobile device into the field, put training into practice and overcome challenges in a more hands-on environment.

2. Play the game

The emergence of online gaming has also influenced the world of e-learning. People love the competitive side of games, completing challenges, overcoming obstacles and seeing instant rewards. Developers have taken these aspects of gaming to create exciting gamification e-learning solutions.

We expect the interactive elements of games will be used to a greater degree in e-learning in the coming years. Gamification will involve more developed characters, challenges and scenarios; blurring the lines of formal and informal learning. Not only will learners enjoy the training process, they will be able to track their progress and retain information more efficiently.

3. Get connected

These days, the world is connected and e-learning developers are taking advantage of it. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), usually free, can be taken by millions of people from across the globe.

MOOCs could dramatically change the education system. Soon you will be able to take the same course as people from around the world, working through material with your classmate in Australia. This could revolutionise the education centre, moving the classroom online. Last year Georgia Tech launched the first ever completely MOOC computer science degree. Is this a sign of things to come?

4. Virtual reality

This might start to sound like something out of a sci-fi film, but if you look how far technology has come in the last 10 years, it could soon be a possibility. Google Glass and other visual technologies have already opened the door to create a completely immersive learning experience.

As advancements in multimodal software and devices continue, you could soon be able to incorporate all five senses into an e-learning programme. Imagine being able to virtually taste and smell a cooking programme!

5. Customised experience

Big Data refers to the data created by a learner during an e-learning course or training module. Everything from test results to social media activity can be analysed to ensure learners get the most out of the programme.

We believe the development of Big Data could help create a more personalised experience for learners. An individual’s progress could be traced so e-learning professionals can see which strategies are proving successful and adapt a programme to suit a learner’s skill set.

dreamming for another 10 years

Whatever the future holds, e-learning solutions will continue to revolutionise the way organisations train their employees and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

Here’s to another 10 years! Now, time for another piece of cake.