As technology increasingly facilitates personalized, collaborative, social learning, eLearning educators must adapt to dramatic shifts in learners’ lifestyles, expectations, and learning environments. 2017 will be the year of the empowered learner, the year where any successful learning platform will allow the learner to take the lead and drive and create their own custom-made course. Read more about these learning trends below!
Learning trends driving the newest learning paradigms
- Mobile learning
Embracing mobile learning is no longer not an option. The ubiquity of smartphones that are integrated into our daily lives means learners turn to their devices in ‘down time’ for edutainment and learning.
- Microlearning and bite-sized activities.
Learner lifestyle changes means reduced time slots available for learning and shifting agendas require total flexibility. Learning needs to be accessible anytime and on any device. Adult learners are increasingly pressured to compress and reschedule the time they have available for learning.
- Receiving instant feedback and validation
Learners can’t and don’t want to finish an activity before receiving a score. They want to receive immediate correction feedback to see where they are going wrong in order to rectify themselves.
- Personalized courses that meet their professional needs
As the psychologist, Carl Rogers suggested, students need to feel that what they are learning is personally relevant to them, that they have to experience learning (rather than just being taught) and that their self-image needs to be enhanced as part of the process. (Rogers 1969). Learners should be able to create a learning path based on their needs and interest.
- Relaxed, anxiety free learning environments
Students appreciate a relaxed, anxiety-free learning environment which helps them boost their self-confidence in using another language. Social learning, collaborative, peer-to-peer learning is key to the learner-driven experience. It helps learners form communities, network, and problem-solve. They become more independent, autonomous learners who take charge of their own learning experience and reach out to others to offer and receive support.
In 2017, Training Express will be making substantial changes to our eLearning approach (in content creation, platform capability, learner assessment and support) which we will be sharing with our learning community over the next few months. We will be empowering the learner. We will be increasing the scope and navigation agility of skills-based activities, grammar, vocabulary, and audio, reading and writing tool-kits that are available to our learners. Learners will be able to locate tools per their job-post, sector, skills and linguistic needs.