In an industry that was stagnant for a long time, we can’t help but be excited about the possibilities that innovation and creativity bring to the table for learning. The decades-long monopoly that bad eLearning and training once held over the corporate world has been replaced by engaging content and out-of-the-box delivery methods that keep learners glued and actually improve retention and results.
But we’re not done yet. While it’s true that eLearning has gotten better over the years, tech advances and creative thinking still leave us with a few tricks up our collective sleeves. Here are the changes we can’t wait to see (and the features we’re already implementing in our own design).
1. More Personalization
We know one of the fastest ways to disengage a learner is to serve up general and irrelevant content. Check out some our case studies to see how we’ve personalized content for our clients.
It’s important to remember that learning is done as part of someone’s job, the second it’s seen as irrelevant, the learner registers it as unnecessary. By offering up digital learning that is personalized to each learner and then handing over the path to the users themselves, you come up with an L&D unicorn: the user that actually wants to learn.
Sure, most learning is mandatory for one reason or another, but what if something that starts out as mandatory became voluntary? Learners could choose the topics that most interested them and deliver content the way most accessible to their learning styles, resulting in users going above and beyond the “have to” aspect of L&D.
2. Innovative Tools
Think about the last time you shopped on Amazon. Perhaps you were perusing the site for new golf clubs. But once you selected your perfect set, Amazon then showed you some of the accessories you might need, prompting you to a buy a new sleeve of golf balls and a new tee system.
It’s no coincidence Amazon strategically uses your browsing and purchase history to show you products in which you might be interested. The same idea can be applied to learning–with the right tools, of course. Harnessing the power of big data means the ability to detect patterns in learners’ paths, interests, and even skill level, so a module can suggest and deliver the right content for each learner.
3. Mobile First Thinking
Finally, we’re excited about the obvious shift to a mobile mindset in eLearning. If you have a learning project you are ready to take mobile, connect with us here. Where most learners are accustomed to swiping, dragging, and liking on their phones and tablets, learning applications haven’t always kept up. By defaulting to mobile first and designing learning from there, it’s possible to deliver content that learners interact with almost innately. What’s more, learning is already optimized for smaller screens and a more portable approach, which means learning is never farther than a learner’s pocket.
After years of the same old learning, fresh approaches take learning multimedia to the next level. And, to make sure that industry stagnation never happens again, we’re constantly looking for new ways to invent the wheel–or at least the way users learn about the wheel.