It is expected by industry experts that the deployment of learning management systems will continue to witness explosive growth throughout the world, with greater focus on quality content. How exactly is this going to happen? Let's take a look:
We are likely to see learning management apps with smarter, more selective and organized content that provide value to employees, rather than mass produced content which has been the trend for some time now. While the earlier method offered greater autonomy to the learners, it was not always very relevant and employees often wasted time in picking and choosing.
Learners have always been given the freedom to decide what content in the e-learning software they want to consume; however, we will now be able to witness a sea change, in which they will be allowed to determine what content should be included in the system. This could lead to a dip in external partnerships.
The ultimate aim of learning management solutions is to facilitate autonomous learning as much as possible. To this end, it is vital that the content learners need is made more easily accessible to them. One of the best ways to do that is to make the LMS fully integrated and easily searchable, providing seamless access to selected and organized online content, as if it were originated from the system. Another is providing tools that come with live data dashboards. We can also expect to see greater integration of learning with the employee’s work and leisure environments.
They say that a picture speaks a thousand words; a moving picture, even more. Visual content is always more appealing to the human brain, and most of us tend to learn faster when we see it in motion rather than while reading text blocks. It's more engaging and immersive. More user generated content means we could well see selfie like videos making an appearance; in any case, it's almost certain that there will be a greater proliferation of video in e-learning software in 2018.
With mobile penetrating every aspect of digital, can learning management solutions be far behind? This year will in all probability, witness more and more mobile devices accessing the LMS. Responsive design has gone through even more changes to provide superlative experiences on mobile devices; so industry experts predict that we can see the rise of effective mobile e-learning design this year.
Greater availability of data regarding the problems with the elearning app, like for example, inability of majority of the learners to complete a certain course – will benefit app makers significantly. They will be able to determine what does not work, and remove it from the system, and provide content that facilitates effective learning to the users.
For employee training and development, there are certain skills that are considered crucial; these are skills that are commonly required across industries, designations and situations, making them equally popular with organizations as well as employees. Therefore, one can expect that there will be greater demand for training on topics like self-learning, un-learning and re-learning, communication, problem solving, teamwork, collaboration, management and leadership in the coming future.