Top Learning Trends for 2020

Some of the top eLearning trends to look forward to in the New Year!

As 2019 winds down, and we move into a new decade, it is not only important but also exciting to look forward to what 2020 holds for the eLearning Industry. In this week’s blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the top eLearning trends for 2020.

1. Soft Skills Training

Reports authored by Deloitte, LinkedIn Learning, and PWC all point toward a common trend that businesses are becoming increasingly interested in soft skills training. Soft Skills pertain to the human qualities that we can foster, unlike machines, e.g., creativity, communication skills, interpersonal skills. In an attempt to both retain staff and sharpen the workforce, companies can utilize soft skills training, and more specifically for 2020, digital-based soft skills training. To read more about Immersive Reality-based soft skills training, click here.

2. Measurable Data Curation

Performance data and metrics are becoming a desirable addition to Learning & Development toolkits. While measurable data can be difficult to come by in the current L&D scene, companies are looking to create learning content that can be more readily measured and reported on for employee progress, success, and more. Since the demand for measurable data is increasing, it can be assumed that collecting and curating metrics will become a more popular offering among eLearning companies.

At Roundtable Learning, we are developing a platform for Immersive Reality training that not only houses content for learners but also has analytics capabilities. Rolling out in 2020, this platform will offer custom analytics that can provide immediate feedback and can track anything within an AR/VR space, including physical movement, interactions, choices made during branched learning, completion time, and answering time.

3. Self-Directed Learning

According to the Adult Learning Theory, adults are typically self-driven and can thrive in situations where learning is independent and self-reliant. According to Towards Maturity’s benchmark study, 96% of companies are prioritizing an increase in self-directed learning. eLearning companies may find that content that allows for user autonomy will be more highly in demand in 2020.

4. Improvements in VR/AR Technology

According to our in-house expert, Scott Stachiw, there are several advancements in AR/VR technology that we can look forward to in 2020 which will boost the Immersive Reality training field:

  • Object and people occlusion for realistic AR experiences
  • Seamless Multi-player experiences for social interactions in both AR and VR
  • Better field-of-view & lower price point for wearables
  • Hand detection for controller-free VR experiences
  • Specialized haptic accessories for tactile and sensory prompts

5. More Portable or Mobile eLearning

Rather than eLearning being deployed on desktop or laptop computers, companies are looking into creating content that can be used across a wide range of devices from iPads to mobile phones. This type of content can allow learners to access eLearning at their convenience as well as store information on devices rather than accessing via a non-mobile friendly platform.

If you would like to know more about current eLearning trends or want to get in contact with one of our professionals to discuss what training options might best suit you, click here.