6 key eLearning trends for 2016

ELearning, with its plethora of benefits, has brought new dimensions to education and learning. It is estimated that by 2016, the eLearning market will reach $51.5 billion, according to a report published by Docebo.

With this growth comes the need to stay up to date, and to keep your eLearning courses relevant and engaging for modern learners. As the audience changes, so must the course design. This means that people will need to be trained continuously and efficiently in order for organizations to avoid the dangers of being out-thought and outmaneuvered by competitors.

Here are the top 6 trends to be acquainted with, which will have an impact on eLearning industry in 2016.



To engage learners, gamification in eLearning is fast emerging as an effective technique. Game-like exercises provide an informal, fun learning environment, and help learners practice real life situations and challenges in a safe way. This leads to a more engaged learning experience and better knowledge retention. Hence, gamification can help you design exciting, educational, and entertaining eLearning courses.

Big data

Big data is set to impact eLearning in a big way. It will help you in customizing the eLearning experience, providing your learners with more useful, enjoyable, and informative eLearning courses and modules. By using analytics tools, which are built into a variety of Learning Management Systems (LMS), you have the power to gain valuable insights into learning behaviors and preferences. Based on this data you can fine-tune your eLearning strategy and improve every aspect of your eLearning courses.

Augmented learning

Augmented reality (AR) is the technique of superimposing virtual elements in a real-life context. If you are wearing an augmented reality device you can get detailed visual instructions to solve any problem. The wearable technology devices will also make eLearning more accessible and rewarding for your audience, even those who don’t usually have the time for formal learning. Google Glass, Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift, and the Apple Watch are a few of the wearable gadgets which will be revolutionizing the eLearning industry.

Cloud-based solutions

The use of cloud computing in eLearning allows the businesses as well as the learners to access the learning applications and courses without the need of any installation on their own devices. This is why so many Learning Management Systems are now switching to cloud-based platforms. Advanced encryption measures are improving the safety of sensitive data on the Cloud. Companies who take a cloud-based approach have the opportunity to reduce online training costs and make it more accessible for their employees. They can also scale their online training initiatives with ease and update the content in a matter of minutes to include new product specs and features.


The rise of smartphones has paved the way for this trend in eLearning. First of all, it will allow better use of the above-mentioned augmented reality, and second, it will give students access to their classes and learning materials at all places and times. Mobile learning using native mobile apps requires the learners to download the app on their phones. ELearning professionals have started giving preference to mobile web apps now. These apps will run directly from any mobile browser and do not require the learners to download any app on their smartphones.


Automation, a new concept to the eLearning industry, will lead to drastic reduction in course cost and development time. A variety of tools are now being developed to automate the process of creating new content. For example, creating eLearning quizzes and games will require minimal effort and will automatically detect learners’ preferences. This will help in customizing every aspect of the learning experience.

Are you already incorporating these trends into your eLearning strategy? If not, then you may want to think about how you can integrate them and create a more engaging learning experience in 2016. What are the eLearning trends you are expecting to take off in 2016? Let us know in the comments below. 

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