Online learning in the time of COVID-19 has proven to be a major hurdle to businesses and educational institutions. These challenges and limitations, however, spurred the adoption of new technologies at breakneck speed in response to unique learning needs. Since the onset of the pandemic, elearning software trends continue to revolutionize the way organizations deliver and ensure deep learning.

Businesses and organizations cannot afford to put capability building on hold. As such, elearning was put front and center in searching for ways to sustain learning while at the same time avoiding information overload.

The benefits have been substantial.

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While it is true that learning management systems facilitated the rapid growth of this sector, other technology tools also evolved to address the unique requirements of learners. VR/AR/AI are three key areas of focus.

Virtual Training

Worldwide, the forecast expenditure on advanced EdTech by 2025 is pegged at $12.6 billion on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality, followed by $6.1 billion on artificial intelligence (Oxford Business Group, 2019).. Virtual Training is Key

Aside from its ability to provide workplace learning in the current workforce setup, virtual training plays a key role in enabling and delivering value-creating efforts. One significant elearning tool for virtual training is virtual reality (VR). More and more Fortune 500 companies are turning to VR to solve specific challenges brought about by the evolving workforce.

In the future of corporate learning, virtual and augmented reality will both play a key role. VR has the unique capacity to bring together the elements of elearning, microlearning, hands-on training, and personalization. VR is also a useful tool in delivering a robust learning and development program. VR use within businesses is forecast to reach $4.26 billion in 2023 (CNBC, 2021).

A projection in 2020 showed that the growth of the VR market will surpass $24.5 billion in revenue by 2024 (ABI Research, 2020). VR has significantly evolved and has made its way into the corporate world. VR transforms passive training into an immersive experience. Other forms of virtual training cannot provide what VR is able to do—engaging the senses while at the same time learning the crucial aspects of the job.

Investment in employee training benefits not just the organization but also the employee. Providing opportunities through upskilling with the use of virtual training will not just increase productivity but also the organization’s bottom line. Organizations may use virtual classrooms, webcasts, video, and audio conferencing, virtual co-working, file sharing, and content co-creation.

Microlearning

Another elearning trend is the proliferation of microlearning environments. Built on the foundations of cognitive science, microlearning improves focus and supports long-term retention by up to 80% (eLearning Industry, 2021). Millennial learners, in particular, demand that training be customized to their needs.

Microlearning uses spaced repetition, a proven retention-boosting method of breaking down learning topics into more manageable pieces. Learning is reinforced by repeating content with adequate spacing between lessons. As work processes flow, microlearning delivers on-demand information.

The on-demand design of microlearning improves employee engagement and motivation, knowledge retention, and recall. Among L&D professionals, 94% prefer microlearning compared to other elearning tools (eLearning Industry, 2021). In addition, one key feature of microlearning is that it helps to address diverse learning styles.

With microlearning, learners retain information better as it is delivered in short bursts and bite-sized chunks. The repetitive learning structure of microlearning increases long-term comprehension rates. This learning technique accesses the learner’s working memory bank, which makes microlearning worth considering for any employer seeking to teach candidates hard skills.

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