At the beginning of the year, we predicted some of the trending issues that would make headlines in the eLearning sphere for 2015. So, how did we do? With the benefit of hindsight, we peek at the highlight reel for 2015 to find out whether the forecasts made through our eLearning crystal ball came true–or not.
We get it: Change can be hard. But when your small private online course (SPOC) isn’t cutting it anymore, it’s probably time to make some alterations. After all, not only is ineffective training a waste of time, but it can be a burden on financial resources as well. If your SPOC is guilty of the following five offenses, it’s probably time to embrace change, revamp your course material, and learn to love more effective training.
We’ve heard the numbers before: The average company spends around $1,208 per employee per year on training costs. But that statistics can be misleading, especially when company size and industry come into play. The truth is that the costs to truly train an employee vary widely–and in some cases, may be much more than necessary. Since training is only as effective as its content and delivery method, the true cost of ineffective training might be much, much more. Read More
It’s an amazing accomplishment for humans: We finally live in a world where you can order pizza with an emoji. And while we definitely can’t complain about advancements made in pizza sciences, technology has succeeded in lulling society into a false sense of security. We think that we’re in control of technology–and that it adapts to us–when in reality it could be the other way around.
So how are teachers working with and finding solutions in blended learning? In the heart of Silicon Valley is a school that, despite the impressive tech pedigree of children whose parents work for Google, Apple, and HP, completely eschews all forms of technology. From old-school blackboards to learning fractions with pizza, the entire nine-classroom school is more on par with the one-room schoolhouses of yore than the busting technological metropolis it’s located. For the cool price of $41K, a child can spent his or her 13 formative years at the prestigious Waldorf School without computers, technology, or screens of any kind.
It’s a topic that has been discussed and debated at nauseam in tech and eLearning circles: how the human brain is changing to adapt to the availability and convenience of tech and daily life. Sometimes it seems as though tech is presented as a necessary malefactor, with human nature blithely following without a thought.
In a recent trends report by Docebo, it was estimated that the eLearning industry is on track to grow at a rate of 7.9 percent annually, with revenue expected to reach $51.5 billion by next year. Still, despite impressive numbers, some naysayers are still quick to dismiss eLearning as a corporate training trend. Hey, we complete agree: eLearning is a trend. But some of the most impactful trends of all time also earned a permanent place in our consciousness. (See also: The Beatles and 140-character status messages.)