The e-learning market is huge, with corporate e-learning comprising a growing piece of the e-learning landscape.  And, there are several interesting corporate e-learning trends which promise to make corporate training work better than it has in the past.

1. Microlearning

According to Wikipedia, microlearning “deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities”.  You can think of microlearning as focusing on the small pieces that make up the learning process.  And, in the corporate e-learning setting, training concepts are presented in short 5-10 minute chunks to keep the attention of the e-learner.  This makes the training easier to digest, and makes the trainees more willing to actually complete the training.

2. Video learning

Many course management systems make it really easy to create video learning modules.  Training videos can keep the attention of trainees and can often make it easier for trainees to digest information.  Further, with video-based learning, the trainee can review the portions of the training that he or she didn’t understand.

3.Social learning

Nearly 65% of adults use social networking sites according to the Pew Research Center.  As social media is woven into the daily lives of employees, it’s not surprising that social learning is becoming a hot topic in corporate e-learning.

In Social software: E-learning beyond learning management systems, the authors talk about how social learning can be used as a mechanism for collaboration between e-learners.  And this networking approach can foster a team-centered flavor to the training, maximizing involvement of the trainees in the learning process.

4. Augmented learning

One of the most exciting corporate e-learning trends is augmented learning or virtual reality learning.  In this type of e-learning, the trainee feels like he or she is immersed in the training experience, by the use of special virtual reality glasses. And though this type of e-learning may feel very futuristic, the concept is already being developed by a handful of companies.

Zspace is one such company that develops interactive experiences for medical training and STEM education.  And, as one example of a use case, with their augmented reality software, students can see a 3-dimensional representation of a heart, as if it were right in front of them.

As virtual reality continues to be developed, the corporate sector will be able to use it in everything from safety training to customer service training.

5. Big data

We are entering the world of Big Data.  With millions of data points at its disposal, a company can use Big Data to better make decisions.  Since training data is automatically saved in a database when the training uses e-learning as its mechanism for its delivery, the data will be used to help refine the training process and increase its ROI by helping companies figure out which types of training work best.

6. Cloud based learning platforms

Gone are the days of installing software locally on your company’s servers.  One of the corporate e-learning trends that saves companies time, money, and more easily enables the scalability of the training is a move towards cloud based learning platforms.

And, instead of being hosted locally, the learning platform is hosted on platforms such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure.  The hosting cost for these companies is very low and they make it easy to serve thousands of trainees at the same time.

7. External training

Another one of the corporate e-learning trends not to be overlooked is the use of e-learning to train customers and partners.  In the past, these external trainings tended to be expensive and time-consuming, since the training had to take place when all parties were physically in the same room.  E-learning enables the trainees to be located anywhere, with the content served by the company’s e-learning platform.

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