Bold Content eLearning Trends 2024

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Navigating eLearning Trends in 2024

In 2024, the world of education is experiencing a shift with the growing prominence of eLearning and AI. As experts in the field of video creation for eLearning platforms we’re keen to keep our collective finger on the pulse, so we did a bit of research to find out what the world can expect from eLearning advancement in 2024. 

Personalised Learning Experiences

A dominant theme in the evolving eLearning ecosystem is the focus on personalised learning experiences. Adaptive learning platforms utilising artificial intelligence, are gaining prominence by tailoring content to the unique needs of individual learners. This personalised approach extends to AI-driven content recommendations, creating a dynamic and responsive learning environment.

We’re seeing advancements in the use of AI presenters but at the beginning of 2024 we’re certainly not at the point where AI can seamlessly replace human presenters. Also, the breadth and depth of knowledge that a human presenter brings can’t be mimicked by AI. There’s something innate in the way an expert presents. It might be their body language or the wealth of experience behind their eyes that makes human presenters irreplaceable. 

As AI improves a differentiating factor for eLearning providers will be the ability to interact with presenters outside of the video environment. For example, students may learn from a professor giving a lecture over video but then join a webinar where they can ask questions about the content of the lecture to gain context and a deeper level of understanding.   

Mobile Learning and Micro-learning

The flexibility of learning takes precedence as eLearning platforms increasingly prioritise mobile-friendly solutions. The rise of bite-sized, on-the-go learning through micro-learning is emphasised, highlighting the importance of responsive design and dedicated mobile apps in creating accessible and flexible learning experiences.

We’ve certainly seen an increase in the number of clients asking for bite size learning modules which can be consumed within the average time of a morning commute.

Gamification and Interactive Content

A common strategy to enhance engagement in eLearning is the integration of gamified elements. This approach captivates learners by turning education into an immersive and enjoyable experience. The impact of interactive content on knowledge retention was highlighted in several reports that we read in 2023, showcasing its significance in modern online education.

We’ve seen incredible results from several interactive eLearning videos which have been used for internal comms purposes. One for education about company policies has seen record levels of engagement within the organisation and another which was more information based had viewers watching multiple times in order to improve their scores in the quiz at the end. 

Interactive eLearning content works well for internal comms within large organisations because it’s novel and interesting and because it allows viewers to learn at their own pace. With busy schedules, professionals can dip in and out of the content and click to learn more about the subjects that pique their interest.  

We’re excited to delve deeper into interactive eLearning content this year and have several creative projects planned. 

Collaboration and Social Learning

The collaborative aspect of learning is gaining momentum, with eLearning platforms placing a strong emphasis on fostering collaboration. Online communities and discussion forums create a sense of community among learners, while virtual collaboration tools play a crucial role in shaping a collaborative and interactive learning environment.

We’ve seen AI play a role in fostering community amongst learners and we expect this to be a growth sector in 2024. 

Data-Driven Learning Analytics

The utilisation of data for informed decision-making in eLearning is becoming increasingly prevalent. Learning analytics, particularly the tracking of learner progress and predictive analytics for personalised learning paths, are essential components. Continuous improvement based on insights derived from learner data is integral to refining the eLearning experience.

The data that we’ve been able to gather from our interactive eLearning videos has helped internal comms and learning and development departments gain valuable insights from viewer behaviour. In general they’ve been thrilled to see people engaging with and learning from the videos we’ve created. The watch times have been longer than predicted and the fact that the videos are interactive seems to be a successful way to attract people to take part.

Augmented Reality (AR) in eLearning

An emerging trend poised to redefine eLearning is the integration of augmented reality (AR). Real-world applications of AR in skill development are gaining traction, offering new possibilities for immersive and practical learning experiences that go beyond traditional methods.

Our own episode of the entertaining eLearning video series Katie and Tex shows school children how AR is used by the RAF to train pilots. And we worked with Snapchat on an innovative AR project recently. We were able to re-create an AR experience in video to show people what a typical Indian room looks like at Diwali. Although this wasn’t a specific eLearning project, it did show the potential for AR to be used to teach people in a way that puts them into a new environment which they can then learn about.  The potential for AR and video to integrate is huge and we’re excited to be working in this space. 

Remote Learning Evolution

The lasting impact of remote and hybrid learning models continues to evolve, shaping the future of eLearning. Strategies and tools for effective remote learning are essential considerations. The delicate balance between flexibility and structure in remote education remains a key theme, reflecting the ongoing evolution of online learning modalities.

Video, of course, plays a huge part in teaching remote viewers in an engaging way. We’re hoping to see more creativity and innovation with the eLearning video production sector to help remote viewers stay interested in learning. There’s no reason why eLearning material has to be a talking head video, there are ways to bring in animation, creative B-roll and layers of interactivity to create  a rich learning experience.

Accessibility and Inclusivity

Ensuring accessibility and inclusivity in eLearning is a paramount consideration. Inclusive design principles, aimed at addressing diverse learning needs and preferences, play a crucial role in creating an accessible learning experience for all.

Having implemented accessible and inclusive principals into our own work, especially within the field of animation, we’re keen to keep learning about this and making our productions as accessible and inclusive for as many viewers as possible. There’s no justification restricting eLearning from viewers who want to participate. 

Future Trends and Innovations

Drawing insights from industry trends, the future of eLearning promises to be dynamic and innovative. Emerging technologies are set to further shape the landscape, influencing the next wave of advancements in online education. We’re excited to keep adapting to these trends and remaining proactive in the space. Creativity will be crucial in navigating the rapidly evolving eLearning terrain and that’s where we come in.

In 2024, the eLearning landscape is rife with promise and potential. By embracing the trends outlined by industry thought leaders, educators and learners alike we can chart a course toward a future where education is not merely a process but a rich and inclusive experience for all. The journey of eLearning continues, with 2024 poised to be a year of transformation and growth in the realm of online education.

If you’re interested in creating eLearning videos please get in touch for a chat. We’re happy to lend any advice we can.

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