6 E-learning trends you can't
ignore in 2019
Trend #1. AR & VR are on the rise
Augmented reality and virtual reality have been
buzzwords for a couple of years now and have
finally made their way to learning and
Imagine you're in charge of training people who
do insurance inspections after a fire or other
disaster. With AR or VR technology, you can
take a real house and overlay it with smoke
damage. The investigator goes in and learns
how to identify and mark it. Then you can
change the task from one caused by smoke
and fire, to damage from a collapsed roof or a
flood. All just like magic, without the need to
change the physical house.
"I see enormous potential for augmented reality.
Everybody is kind of in love with VR, and it's very
sexy and very cool, but I think there is a lot of
practical application now for augmented reality."
Jane Bozarth, Director of Research, The
AR offers better accessibility as users need only
their smartphones, which most of them already
have. As for VR, the biggest issue is the need to
wear a headset, which can be a problem for two
reasons: the price and the limitation it puts on
"If you have lots of teams going after 'We want
to do the next greatest things with virtual reality,'
that's fine. But you might spend your entire
learning budget or time doing it, which is
problematic. So maybe it is a question of
playing with it to see what is possible, but wait
for it to come to you rather than for you to rush
towards it. Maybe it is the best way to
overcome this obstacle of huge time or
Richard Goring, Director, BrightCarbon
Trend #2. AI is becoming normal
Businesses have already started adopting AI.
It's only a matter of time before those
algorithms will be extended to e-learning.
Similarly, to online shopping (if you buy this
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improve the learning experience (If you took
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useful). Or if an algorithm detects that people
seem to struggle in a certain area of a test,
then instructional designers can fortify the
learning content on that topic.
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