Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the e-learning industry has enjoyed growth. And during the lockdown, user interest in resources increased even more. Along with the growth of the market, competition within it also increases. Companies are more likely to rely on technology. Their use, combined with analytics and an agile approach to learners, has become a hallmark of this industry. So let’s get closer to the main 5 trends in custom elearning development .
The playful element of learning makes the course more interesting and encourages learners to complete it faster. This is especially true for children's activities. In addition, gamification makes the lesson more memorable. You are probably more likely to recommend such courses to friends or acquaintances, because they were much more interesting to take than the "classic" ones, which use diagrams and templates.
2. INTUITIVE INTERFACE
In the future, the distance learning system should be as intuitive as possible so that the user does not directly pay attention to the verification of his knowledge. For example, in the United States and Western countries, a new specialty has appeared in this regard - Experience Designer. This profession means the intersection of several areas. This is also ID (instructional design), i.e. pedagogical design, UX (user experience design), i.e. user experience, and UI (user interface and visual design), i.e. rules for the development of user interface and graphic design. But, nevertheless, the main function of Experience Designer is to convey information to the user, for example, through video or social learning. It is important to understand that this is not just design in its usual sense, but an attempt to find out the needs of your customers and meet them.
3. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Artificial intelligence has already firmly established itself in the online learning industry in the United States, Western countries, China, and has slowly begun to penetrate developing countries. It helps the user to receive personalized recommendations. Also, AI can be attributed to chat bots, which have been used for quite a long time in other areas (marketing, sales, social networks) and are beginning to be used in the field of e-learning. Chatbots can be used not only to simulate interaction with the teacher, but also to create role-playing games inside.
4. VIRTUAL REALITY
Together with the training systems, the training materials themselves are beginning to change. After all, learning is not only a mental process, but also an emotional one. This is why it is important to create content that will maximize user engagement. At the moment, VR videos are gaining popularity - videos shot with a 360 viewing angle, which can be watched with or without virtual reality glasses.
5. BIG DATA ANALYSIS
This method of analytics helps to collect various actions of each user during the course: his development plan, learning characteristics, academic performance, and much more. Due to the fact that this is a rather large-scale layer of information, not all standard databases are able to cope with it. Big data analysis helps to structure and then provide data about these actions to providers. Thus, it is possible to track the progress of each user of the online course and adjust the training for its capabilities and features.
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