Here are the top 5 trends of where technology will take elearning over next 5 years:

Technology Will Drive Collaborative Learning

Collaboration is no longer a hyped-up buzz word; it’s everywhere. It’s being fostered in the workplace because sometimes the best ideas come from just having conversations with others. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – the biggest and brightest are all following this model – and it’s bound to be the next step for elearning.

Elearning & Mlearning Will Be in Constant Regeneration

While we can see how technology can enable a collaborative elearning system, what if in unison, the Internet is also part of the equation? Imagine your elearning module automatically picking up brand new images via tags, categories, and systematically updating your module with new content. Think about it this way: new laws or regulations are put in place and your old compliance module is void null; the Internet, which is the first medium to pick up this news, will update any content on your module that needs to be fixed. “Once a course is created the information is redundant. The next logical step would be to allow the content to change automatically through sources on the Internet (pictures, content, etc.)”

Augmented Realities Will Be the Norm

If Google glasses are already a reality, what’s next? “Learning will become highly augmented…learning about architecture whilst standing at the opera house, looking at what you discussed. This followed by holographic teachers who can stand beside you and help you physically. Finally, virtual classrooms through a projected self-meaning you can attend a lecture or tutorial in person even though you’re kicking back with Richard B on his island ;)”

Technology Used to Fulfil User’s Needs – Not To Impress Them

Just because it’s cool, doesn’t mean it’s going to help learners. We all know what happens with trends; they hit a peak and then slowly fade away. Technology is not something that should hinder the learning experience because of the cool factor; rather it should effectively foster the user and heighten their knowledge and skillset. “Technology is just another means to deliver the learning of new knowledge, skills and attitudes – we need to ensure we don’t add the bells and the whistles for the sake of it. It’s like they say on MasterChef, sometimes the best food consists of three well-balanced, quality ingredients. If the technology is poorly used, we’ll be faced by another cohort of learners screaming: “Not another elearning course! PLEASE!!!”

Creating Better Blends

On the other hand, maybe technology will drive users back into the classroom. “I’d like to see technology drive elearning back into the classroom . . . within reason! It would be great to see technology developments that enable much better integration of online content within traditional classroom environments. Often this is attempted, but it’s not often not seamless for participants – technology that better enables in classroom connection of content with facilitators with real participants would be great.”

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