The Biggest Trends In eLearning And How To Use Them

A look at how the online education sector is changing and ways to keep up

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Starting up a large-scale software project can be mind-boggling – from understanding seemingly-random jargon to getting your head around how systems actually work and relate to each other, it’s not always straightforward.

Even within the eLearning industry, trends are constantly changing and evolving with growing technologies, learner attitudes and social requirements.

Just think; three months ago, no one could have predicted that a pandemic would have gripped the world, forcing many to turn to eLearning in a time of great uncertainty.

However, because the industry is so adaptive, teachers were able to quickly utilise eLearning tools to support their students outside of the classroom, companies dropped weekend-long courses and encouraged staff to study at their own pace and people suddenly had more free time to explore how they could grow their own skills from the comfort of home.

Now, more organisations than ever are creating their own learning management systems (LMS) in order to meet the needs of their staff or students.

But investing in an LMS can be a large expense, so being as up-to-date as possible in order to meet current learning needs and remain a sustainable training option in the future is key.

This is why we’ve pulled together a handy guide on the biggest trends in eLearning and how to use them:

Collaboration and Social Learning

Increasingly, people are turning to online forums for discussion and advice around study, or even utilising the chance to directly address industry experts on social media (such as Twitter) to answer their burning questions.

This type of social learning can easily be replicated across your LMS system through the use of a dedicated forum on your platform, allowing current learners to post questions, contact tutors directly or bounce ideas off of other users.


For the last couple of years, micro-learning has been a growing trend – and it’s not stopping any time soon. Whether it’s while commuting to work, between shifts or during a lunch break, micro-learning is a gamechanger for people who are time-poor yet still want to squeeze in studying when they can.

This can be achieved through short and sweet course modules driven by easily-consumable content, which allow the user to learn on-the-go, such as short videos or interactive games.

Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning cuts out the mind-numbing stuff that your learner already knows – it is the ultimate tool in personalised learning.

So, rather than requiring students to complete a whole course, including the parts they already know, thanks to pre-learning tests and algorithms, they can now avoid repetition and remain consistently engaged with new content at a pace which is tailored to their needs.

To make this even more adaptive, utilising a cloud-based system means users are be able to access the content from anywhere and on any device with an internet connection, making it available on mobile phones, too.

Video and Gamification

In the last few years, there has been a real move towards video and gamification – and this is just set to grow as more people turn to online learning.

But why is it working? There are several answers to this, but the key really is about engagement.

Today’s online learners expect their course to be interactive, engaging and imaginative in a way that it never has been in the past, particularly as people have shorter attention spans.

Regarding video, we’d say this is almost a must-have for any industry or course, giving learners the ability to study what are essentially real-life situations and even interact with the content, making the user an active participant. Just think how many people use YouTube to learn new skills or repair something – it’s a no-brainer!

Gamification is different, however, in that it is not only interactive, but also rewards the user based on successful learning through things like quizzes and games, helping to boost confidence while giving direct feedback at the same time.

For more information on how to build the perfect LMS system for your learners, get in touch with the BuildEmpire team here.