The world of education has adopted e-learning as a reliable source of having a quality education. E-learning helps in delivering instructions and assessing student’s progress for better academic outcomes. E-learning has come up a long way, virtual classrooms, online classes, online assignments and giving timely tests to the students to check their weaknesses and making a plan of action for improvement.
Learning and teaching through online platforms have become so popular these days that maximum numbers of people are opting for it. With that keeping in mind, it is important to keep a check on the latest trends going on in the market, which are currently shaping up the digital education industry.
Gone are the days of the fixed learning schedule or the booked classroom. The new learning environment is characterized by inter connectivity, collaboration, active engagement, symbiosis and constant change. Education is changing from all sides – the institutions, educators and learners. There are three key role players that are all equally important in successfully navigating the learning landscape.
Changes for the Learner
Firstly, the habits of the learners themselves have changed substantially. Learners now learn at the speed of need – where and when they want.
“The new learning environment is characterized by inter connectivity, collaboration, active engagement, symbiosis and constant change.”
What’s more, learners have changed the way they view the value of their learning. It’s a far less passive endeavor than when the old guard was bored in classrooms. Learners, today, are asking for more accreditation to show prospective employers their constantly increasing value proposition. In fact, the lines between work and learning are blurring. Learning is now a seamless addition to work itself.
Because of this convergence, education becomes a much more personal experience, necessitating that any learning initiative not only is career aligned but also fulfill individual interests. During the learning process, learners will be encouraged to become more creative, adaptive and innovative.
Changes to the Nature of Learning Itself
Because of this, the focus of learning will be introspective, self-driven and personalized. Rather than punctuated by certain ad hoc milestones, it will become part of a long-term continuous career path. Learning will become more and more learner-led, with development frameworks being scoped and shaped from the bottom up rather than the top down. Consequently, learning methods will adapt to this and be informed by peer-to-peer learning, even for self-education in the workplace. For example, employees will create and share content that is both relevant and material.
Technology will be paramount to assist and improve learner engagement. And to be sufficiently engaging, the tech will have to be both mobile and social. Augmented and Virtual Reality (VR) will create new simulated learning situations and Artificial Intelligence (AI) incorporated into the content delivery allows us to curate and adapt learning to be personalized and individual. Rather than the previous one-size-fits-all method of education, technologies will expose learners to different and dynamic modes of learning.
Virtual collaboration rooms within organizations will become the new classroom and technologies like gamification and VR will further change how learning happens. Employees want to see how they stack up against their peers, earn badges, collaborate and feel a sense of accomplishment, all through technology, and will have to exhibit persistence, risk-taking, attention to detail and problem-solving to stay on top.
Changes to Learning within Organizations and at Work
To remain relevant and competitive, organizations will have to not only change the way that they approach learning, but they’ll also need to fundamentally shift the learning culture of the organization to show learning as assets contributing to driving business results.
Within the workplace, the emergence of Learning Experience Platforms (LXP) like How Now will enable employees to take full control of their learning and development. Employees will also expect to access content anytime, anywhere, as they do in their personal life, and workplaces will need to ensure that learning is mobile.
At the same time, the wise company will realize that an increased focus on soft skills training – the human side of the equation – will assist in preparing employees for the future of work.
E-learning is changing. And we will see new models, new technologies and designs emerge. So, let’s drop the ‘e’ or at least give it a new and wider definition. - Elliot Masie
Persainjit Singh, Co-Founder & CEO
A budding entrepreneur working in Edtech, Persainjit holds strong leadership, organizational, technical and interpersonal skills. The core strengths of Persainjit Singh are outstanding, analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills, data research and analysis with excellent computer proficiency and organizational abilities teaming and leadership. He is also able to solve complex problems with efficient solutions and attention to detail.