E-learning: Evolving technologies and growing reach Community Group
This Community Group focuses on e-learning. Participants will discuss new and existing technologies for e-learning and M-learning. The group will also talk about the reach, social change and impact of e-learning.
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Based on what we know now and by closely following the new eLearning technologies that keep evolving, I believe the following eLearning trends will be established or further developed in the near future:
1..Massive Open Online Courses
This flexible and diverse concept sounds simple -online videos of real-life lectures-, but not when it involves the astronomic number of 36,000 students, which is how many people enrolled in one of Harvard’s first massive online courses. And it’s not just Harvard that jumped on the MOOC bandwagon.
2. Credits & fees for MOOCs
It’s only natural that MOOC will eventually stop being a free service, since they do require the presence of an instructor, the use of technology, and quite soon content providers will have to enrich them with webinars, discussions, wikis, etc.
3. The importance and greater recognition of informal learning
Accessibility and availability of social media tools enable and encourage people to gain the information they need. This is bound to continue and evolve in the future, thanks to the plethora of free learning resources, such as podcasts, videos, blogs, webinars, etc.
4. Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible documents and media, quite often written by the world’s best authorities on any subject and sector. This can only mean one thing. The role of the traditional educator will be transformed. And all this knowledge available should be used wisely, creatively and effectively to support learning in or outside the traditional classrooms such as in corporate world or customer services training in a company. An example of this can be seen at sky customer services which actively uses OERS to impart training to their employees.
5. The concept of research will be upgraded
This is linked to the above-mentioned role of the instructor/educator. Tedious publications, worn lectures, and absence of updated material will soon come to their very end, if they have not already come to an end! Students’ participation in knowledge building is the new comparative advantage for those who want to stand out in the education field. Knowledge is easily accessible and we need to let our students/learners create knowledge autonomously.
6. Big data
Most L&D departments are required to quantitatively prove the worth of their learning strategies to stakeholders with accurate statistics and in-depth information. As well as demonstrating the effectiveness of digital learning, the increased adoption of big data will allow E-Learning administrators to personalise learning content, provide timely motivation and test the effectiveness of various learning theories and strategies.
7. Growing influence of learning communities
The term is multifaceted, implying extending classroom practice, curriculum enhancement, student tasks, engagement of students, teachers and administrators, etc. They support learning, promote collective creativity and shared leadership, and unite learning groups with shared values, vision and practices in a global perspective.
8. Mobile Learning
Mobile learning, also known as mLearning, is not simply eLearning on a mobile device. The eLearning material for mobile learning is specifically developed for mobile devices and the proper course content conversion demands skillful Instructional Design that is compatible with mobile devices. eLearning has become a fiercely consumer driven industry and the developers of eLearning contents focus on prioritizing the client’s needs (Clark and Mayer, 2016, p.67).
A mobile consumer report by Google and Ipsos MediaCT found that 80% of users won’t leave home without their smartphone. This level of market penetration coupled with a global digitisation effort reinforcing the indispensibility of mobile devices necessitates the consideration of mobile learning in every L&D strategy.
9. Gamification In Learning
This is a trend which aims at making learning a fun experience for individuals and has become one of the most sensational eLearning trends in 2016. Gamification of learning is not just meant for kids, but it equally engaging for adults and facilitates interaction. Gamification is not a very new trend; however, it is an ever evolving one. This is an extremely powerful tool that improves learner innovation, skills, and problem solving capabilities.
In a world that is perennially in haste, microlearning is the trend that is catching up the fastest. This eLearning trend involves mini bytes of learning content made available to the learner or user to incorporate in his daily busy schedule without much difficulty (Hung, J.L. 2012, p.8). Microlearning utilizes 5-10 minute videos, single page documents, focused articles, specific, small chunks of data or lessons and other such innovative and concise training resources that doesn’t burden the learner with too much cognitive reading.
11. Tin Can API
Following on from an incredible year in 2014, Tin Can API is likely to continue to grow in popularity and adoption in 2015. Tin Can is a Learning Record Store (LRS) capable of tracking a learner’s progress as they engage in traditional, formal learning as well as informal, social learning. Tin Can is set to overtake SCORM as the go-to industry standard LRS.
12. Cloud-Based eLearning Systems
Cloud-based corporate training is steadily gaining ground and the latest trend has seen Learning Management Systems and authoring tools switch to cloud-based platforms. Cloud-based online training is easily accessible to employees and reduces training costs significantly (Hung, J.L. 2012, p.10). Additionally, updating online training content and introducing new products and features is easy on Cloud and can be accomplished in a matter of minutes.
13. Wearable Technology Training
Wearable gadgets are the new rage in the world of technology. Google Glass, Apple Watch, and Oculus Rift are some of the gadgets that have pioneered the rising trend of Virtual Reality in eLearning through wearable gadgets. These wearable tech devices help users to interact with eLearning content in a multi-dimensional and more dynamic way (Clark and Mayer, 2016, p.68). These devices make eLearning more engaging and interactive to individuals. Technological advancements in the field make Virtual Reality more appealing with the help of 3D simulations and scenarios in the eLearning realm.
14. In-house content authoring
Technical advances, cost savings and a wider selection of rapid authoring tools means that L&D practitioners at all levels of technical capability can create their own E-Learning content. An indicator of the growing potential of authoring tools lies in the release of Articulate Storyline 2 and the increased functionality that comes along with it.
With organisations increasingly keen to monitor both formal and social learning, Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are set to be a big trend for 2015. Forecasts show that Learning Management Systems will grow at a rate of 25% for the next 5 years, reaching $7.8 billion in 2018.
I am Vidhi Patel, a part of a small-scale institution running in India, enforced with the aim of changing the education system of today especially of India. We have a small school and we would like to bring few concepts from all around the globe to enhance studies and education. Today education specially in our country is lacking far behind than from where the technology had touched its arms. Guys i would like to get few reviews and suggestions so that my small effort trying to change the education system does not go in vain. I know it would be like a drop of water (my school) contributing to change the whole ocean’s (education system). I know its hard but let us go hand in hand to achieve my goal.
Iam Lissa Coffey! I was born in the north of the Netherlands, in the beautiful province of Fryslân. From there a study in business informatics took me from my birth place to Groningen, Amsterdam and eventually to London! I graduated from UCLA and have a master’s degree in journalism from Amsterdam. I live in London, UK, with my hubby and two daughters.
I am responsible for the daily management of the Support Team at sky. As a team we strive to provide you with good and timely answers to any questions you might have about sky or if you need any help in getting your customer support questions, answered!
I am a keynote speaker and communication coach for the world’s most admired brands. I am the author of seven customer service awards including my newest book, “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the customer service”. “The Apple Experience,” the first book revealing the secrets of the wildly popular Apple Store and how any brand can leverage the Apple Store lessons to improve the customer experience.
My personal and professional interests are to increase my knowledge in e-learning. I have joined this group as a way to interact with people interesting in all this subjects. I’m excited to participate. Regards.
I’m Alfredo, I live in Mexico City and my job is as a systems administrator at Mexican Council of Educational Research (Consejo Mexicano de Investigación Educativa, in Spanish) a non-profit organization in Mexico that leads research in a lot of fields of education. COMIE also collaborate with Mexican universities, research centers and government in education field. My interest in e-Leargnig, specially, began four year ago when I enrolled in my first on-line course and was difficult to me understanding this new approach. So, I decided to enroll in courses about e-learning at Centro de Cooperación Regional para la Educación de Adultos en América Latina y el Caribe (CREFAL), Universidad de Guadalajara Virtual (UdeG) and Universidad Popular Autónoma de Puebla (UPAEP). In this days, my personal and professional interests are to increase my knowledge in e-learning. I have joined this group as a way to interact with people interesting in all this subjects.
I’m excited to participate in this forum. Regards from Mexico.
We are thrilled to announce the free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on “Big Data Applications and Analytics”. This is a beginner level course and you will enjoy it! It is taught by Professor Geoffrey Fox at Indiana University, Bloomington.
The whole course is free. There are no pre-requisites except for your wish to learn about Big Data and it’s application areas. If you are a programmer, you can also follow the technology tracks and run the code sample provided. Feel free to enroll in the course at https://bigdatacourse.appspot.com. Watch videos, download the course material and join the discussion!
I’m launching a research effort with the goal of supporting education and training professionals transitioning from eLearning to mLearning by providing a mobile learning framework and catalog of microstrategy examples for thinking more deeply about their systematic design processes and mobile-specific affordances (e.g. using GPS for location-based and contextual learning) as part of your instructional design strategy.
The target audiences for this needs analysis are instructors, instructional designers, learning content developers, training professionals, and human performance improvement experts with an interest in implementing mobile learning solutions. The target audience is not required to have any prior experience with mobile development. However, the target audience should at least own one mobile device, and have an understanding of using mobile applications for learning. The researchers for this project intend to collaborate with and involve experts and stakeholders from academia, government, industry, and the international community.
Please let me know if you’re interested in participating, as we will begin conducing focus groups, interviews, and administering surveys, as part of the initial needs analysis in February 2013. Also, please forward this on to anyone that you think might also be interested. Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you! For more information, visit the announcement here from ADL:
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I am Ahmed and I am the founder and principal consultant of Solea Research, a small software consultancy and R&D firm in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. One of our areas of focus is e-learning which is facilitated by our experience in web application development. I personally became interested in learning long ago through personal reflection that was the result of questioning the status quo of the educational system. I started reading about problem-based learning, experiential learning as well as other theories and tools.
With the advent of technology, I believe that the power it brings can be harnessed to improve learning in the digital sphere without ignoring the cognitive processes and the psychological factors that make us human learners.
I look forward to getting this group off the ground to foster a discussion that will enrich our understanding of e-learning.
Hi All! Maybe a good way to get started with this group is to introduce ourselves, what we do, our interests and experiences in Accessibility and Distance Learning, and why we joined this group.
Hi, I’m Karla. I am an Instructional Designer for Distance Learning and Instructional Media Services at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. My interest in accessibility and assistive technology began while I was an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University and developed through a series of research, employment, and continuing education opportunities. My personal and professional interests in accessibility now have to do with web accessibility and the accessibility of distance learning. I’ve joined this group for many reasons, I am always looking for new resources and research into the accessibility of distance learning and am now beginning to look at mobile learning.
I am very excited to be a part of this group and collaborate with each of you. I hope that we will be able to accomplish a lot in this group as the field of e-learning continues its rapid growth.