At the beginning of the year, we predicted some of the trending issues that would make headlines in the eLearning sphere for 2015. So, how did we do? With the benefit of hindsight, we peek at the highlight reel for 2015 to find out whether the forecasts made through our eLearning crystal ball came true–or not.
The Rise of the eCredential
We’ve been all too aware of the disconnect between eLearning and credentialing, which is why we hoped 2015 would be the year of the eCredential–getting credit for learning that happens online or in other informal ways. Lo and behold, April saw the joining of two Internet giants: eLearning video site Lynda.com and LinkedIn. The merger was especially impactful for the eLearning industry because it officially created a bond between online learning and tangible reward, which could come in the form of credentials posted directly on your professional profile.
In the continual process of perfecting user experience, it’s no secret that most eLearning companies are swapping out Flash for HTML5. And, with some outlets proclaiming the long rule of Flash as overthrown, HTML has taken its place as a complete standard by The World Wide Web Consortium. Platform agnosticism means caring less about which devices are used to access material, and instead focusing on how that material is delivered and absorbed by the user.
Wearing Our Tech on Our Sleeves
We knew that wearable tech was going to be big business for 2015, which is why predicted that Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, would open doors for anywhere, anytime eLearning. And we were right: 2015 saw the first incarnation of the Apple Watch in April, and everything from fitness trackers to augmented reality glasses have followed. The real trick is predicting where wearable tech can go next.
Mining Big Data
As we predicted, big data has remained a top trend for the eLearning industry, but the trend hasn’t moved as quickly as we’d hoped. Unfortunately, some businesses are still applying the same eLearning to every employee, rather than customizing experience based on preference, role, and even geographical location. Big data helps accomplish customization, so we hope to see more data gathering and dissemination in 2016.
Uptick in mLearning
It was estimated that the mobile learning market would grow to an $8.7 billion dollar industry and we’re more than happy to admit that we might have hand a hand in that growth trajectory. What can we say? We’ve known that mobile learning could offer contextual, in-the-moment, quick eLearning on the go. That number is projected to reach $12.2 billion in 2017, and we hope to see that growth realized as the applications for mobile learning only continue to open new doors for eLearning.
Looking back, it seems as though most of our 2015 predictions came true and that it was a year of growth and opportunity for the industry. As we wind down the year and look forward to another chapter in eLearning innovation, our crystal ball says 2016 will be one for the books.