What's Next for E-Learning?

15th February 2019

A recent report showed that there seems to be no end to the growth experienced in the e-learning sector.  So we thought it was worth a look at how e-learning was likely to develop in coming years.

More and more people are turning to snappy, short online videos for information.  78 per cent of online adults watch or download videos, up from 69 per cent in 2009.  Comedy, educational and ‘how to’ videos top the list.  Media outlets' videos now are frequently shared on social media.  They face the challenge of getting important points across in under a minute, and their treatment of complex issues can often feel crudely condensed. Videos like these are comprised of a few lines of text accompanied by background images or silent clips, and can often feel like they lack the necessary discourse to thoughtfully explore ideas.

In a world where the cost of learning is on the rise, the easy access to learning that free online videos offer is valuable.  In terms of entertainment value, short videos are enough as a final product, but in terms of informing people, bite-sized chunks of information aren’t sufficient by themselves.   They spark people’s interests, acting as the starting point for them to explore a subject in more depth.  Videos are a great way of getting people to think about a topic in an entertaining and informal way.

In an article published in US, Michael Godsey describes a potential future model of learning – the ‘virtual class’ – which he has been advised could start to emerge as soon as five to 10 years in the future: “(the) class will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country’s best teachers (a.k.a. a “super-teacher”), and it will include professionally produced footage of current events, relevant excerpts from powerful TedTalks, interactive games that learners can play against other learners nationwide, and a formal assessment that the computer will immediately score and record…” Teachers/trainers will be replaced by “a local teacher-facilitator (called a “tech”) to make sure that the equipment works and the students behave.”   He explains the benefits of this system: “each lesson will be among the most interesting and efficient lessons in the world; millions of pounds will be saved in reduced salaries … performance data will be standardised and immediately produced (and therefore “individualised”).

Although these new methods of learning often rely on a teacher guiding one through the videos, we can’t help but wonder they will ever replace the value of an intimate, face-to-face relationship with a fully qualified teacher or trainer. 

So, educational videos might never replace teachers altogether, but they are a great starting point.   

Assist have a great deal of experience in developing e-Learning programmes.  Get in contact to find out more.

A recent report showed that there seems to be no end to the growth experienced in the E-learning sector recently 

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