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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

3 Ways E-Learning Is Changing in 2016

"As more companies recognize the value of high-quality, engaging e-learning, expect to see more money spent on outsourcing services to those who can make the biggest difference." according to Andrew Fayad, CEO and managing partner of eLearning Mind, an e-learning design and development agency.

Photo: Chief Learning Officer

As we come to the end of the year, we look forward to what 2016 holds. The past year was productive and innovative, to be sure, but e-learning continues to grow as a viable solution for corporate learning, and neurolearning is progressing as a science and study.

A few areas are especially promising for 2016, particularly when attitudes come into play. As forward-thinking and influential companies implement the best learning techniques, a wave of early adopters will take e-learning to the next level. Here are some of the trends that are worth a second look in the coming months.  

1. Outsourcing On the Rise

According to Docebo’s “E-Learning Market Trends & Forecast 2014-2016 Report,” the big story might not be what happens in the office, but what happens when businesses outsource e-learning to another company or service. Some 42 percent of e-learning spending goes to outsourcing, leaving just 58 percent of e-learning dollars in-house.

Going forward that likely speaks to HR’s workload more than training skill level. Businesses are acknowledging that in order to train employees properly — and to retain the best talent — a couple of PowerPoint presentations aren’t going to cut it. Instead, e-learning professionals who understand neuroscience, engagement and media can cause a 180-degree shift in the way businesses train and how employees learn. The idea of DIY e-learning is admirable, but can be detrimental in practice. As more companies recognize the value of high-quality and engaging e-learning, expect to see more money spent on outsourcing services to those who can make the biggest difference. 

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John Laskaris said...

It's going to be an interesting year, that's for sure.

Helge Scherlund said...

It certainly is, Jonn.