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E-Learning Trends that will Rule in The Year 2017

E-Learning Trends that will Rule in The Year 2017

Learning and teaching facility set foot in the tech world in the early 90s and was embraced with open arms by the knowledge-seekers. This online learning mechanism gradually took the name of e-learning in the year 1999 and its growth has been disruptive ever since. Today, E-learning is nothing like how it looked a quarter-century back. Countless new technologies and methodologies have been continuously added to this field every year since its inception. While the year 2016 saw several developments like the collection of learner's data or Learning Management Systems, the year 2017 is set to witness some revolutionizing trends in the realm of online learning. Analysts are predicting that global e-Learning market will grow at an average of 23% by 2017. That said; let's have a look at what the coming year would have in store for all the e-learners.


Gamified content would now be presented more often to the learners to increase their engagement while learning. The trend is rising exponentially and it is predicted that the Global Gamification Market will reach to $7.3 billion by the year 2021. In 2017, more and more organizations will be seen incorporating this technique to make learning a fun-filled experience. Giving feedbacks, offering bonus points, having leader-boards and progressive levels would keep the learners engaged and enhance their skills at the same time.

Data Driven Approach

Personalized Learning and Big Data have been a part of corporate training for quite a long. Organizations have understood that each leaner has his/her own style and need of learning and are efficiently leveraging Big Data to bring the personalized learning experience. The data gathered from a learner's interaction with an LMS will be used for offering trainings. Keeping a track of the learner's profile and his/her achievements to offer personalized learning schedule and plans would something to look forward in 2017. This data driven approach would not only save the time of the learner, but also allow the trainer site to impart quick learning services.


With the clock ticking off at such a fast pace, it becomes difficult for learners to attend long learning sessions. Many studies even prove that human focus lasts for a maximum of 20 minutes; thus making it impossible for the learner to keep focus on the current task in longer sessions. 2017 would see the rise of bite-sized content or microlearning. Offering short yet information-rich learning nuggets that last for a maximum of 3-5 minutes would be a non-negotiable trend in the coming year.

Video Based learning

Humans are prone to learn better when given visual content than mere audio or written stuff. The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Learning, Linkoping University, Sweden confirmed through their research that audiovisual training is the best way to impart knowledge to any individual. Offering interactive videos or dropping in videos from YouTube, Vimeo etc. would be the trendsetter in online learning courses for the year 2017.

MOOCs will no longer be free

With around 35 million students enrolled in 2015, Massive Open Online Courses were a great hit among the learners in yesteryears; they were comprehensible, information-rich, certified and were free of cost. Focusing on its immense success and the added cost of tutors, technology etc., there would be nothing wrong in concluding that these courses would now charge certain fee from the learners. Yes, MOOCs will no longer be free in the year 2017.

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality

The influx of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality is set to hit the e-learning world in the coming year. What better way to train the learners than to let them experience it in their surroundings. NMC Horizon Reports have shown that as of now, Physics and medicine are covered in AR/VR training but it would soon expand its reach in other subjects too. The learners would require Google Glass, Sony's Smart Eyeglass, Oculus or Samsung Gear VR for this process.

Mobile Learning

Mobile learning is not something new in the e-learning domain . But what you will see in coming year is a more exclusive, more responsive and more enriching version of mobile learning. The market of m-learning in the e-learning world would reach $70 billion by the end of 2020. Incorporating new features would be the need of the hour to have a profitable share in this business. Keeping in mind the increasing use of smartphones and the need to deliver content at the exact time of need, e-learning apps or courses would be specifically created for mobile platforms in the coming years.

E-learning has been growing drastically over the past few years. The number of people using technology to extract information and gain knowledge is incessantly growing. Every year e-learning sites come up with new and better trends to offer unmatched services. We have discussed some of the key trends of 2017 above. Let's wait and watch how the coming year surprises us with even more amazing changes in the e-learning world.

Author Bio:
Ankit Gupta shares the bracket with the rising entrepreneurs in the B2B industry. He has been instrumental in designing and implementing the employee training strategies for , one of the topmost B2B Marketplaces in India. His limited knowledge and experience, accumulated over the years, find a vent on several online platforms including this one.

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