5 E-Learning Trends that Will Shape 2020

by Ella Wilson
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With the beginning of the new year 2020, a lot of new educational trends were introduced. Safe to say, 2019 was the year when online learning/distance learning thrived. Technocrats and educationalists were quite glad about new developments in the educational sector. A lot of progress was made which was attributed to new technological developments and discoveries.
Although, this progress was not only attributed to technological development but the cooperation and coordination of teachers as well. There was a huge shift among teachers as they became more inclined and flexible towards online learning. Teachers’ professional development also become a norm among educators which resulted in birth of a new group of modern teachers. At the beginning of the new year, all the educationalists were looking forward to the technological changes and development that would take place. Although the unfortunate circumstances due to COVID-19 may have sped up the
process of technological development in the educational sector.
Traditional ways of learning such as face to face/proximal learning are rare sites as they have been replaced with distance learning. The developments that educationalists were looking forward to are finally here. Here are a few e-learning trends that are going to shape 2020;

1- Micro-learning

Micro-learning is a learning trend that is going to dominate the educational scene at a higher level. It is a digital form of learning that makes it easier for slow learners and digital natives to understand things in an easier and better way. It is a holistic approach to learning which breaks down major concepts into minor ones. In micro-learning, complex concepts are packed into tiny packets, which makes it convenient for students to learn and implement.
Any type of digital method that is is not time-consuming, simple, and convenient falls into the category of micro-learning. For example, using flashcards, videos, images, etc. It is one of the ideal methods to teach digital natives as various researchers have proven that digital natives have a short attention span. Micro-learning focuses on small learning units and incorporates short term courses that make it ideal for students who find it hard to commit and focus for a long period of time.
   

2- Gamification

Just a few years ago it would have been considered nothing less than a joke that games could be a part of serious learning. Although several researchers have proven that even video games are beneficial to boost competitive sides of students and help them perform better in class. With the assistance of these research papers and some insight from educationalists, a modified version of gaming has become an important part of modern learning.
Gamification is an eLearning trend that blends education and gaming together to help students reach their full potential. In this trend, teachers incorporate different gaming activities to teach students in a light-hearted yet competitive way. For example, quizzes, teaming up students, adding prizes, levels, etc. There are many teachers who are replacing the concept of grading with levels to implement the trend of gamification.

3- Mobile Learning

The entire purpose of modern e-Learning trends is to make education more accessible and convenient for all. In the 21st century, there is nothing more convenient than having access to information just a tap away. Mobile learning is another e-Learning trend that is the ultimate choice of students. Students and teachers all over the world are now using mobile phones for learning purposes. It took some time for teachers to understand that mobile phones are not just devices that are responsible for student distraction but are capable of much more than that.

During COVID-19 teachers are using mobile phone applications such as Remind to communicate and interact in a better way with students. Sending updates regarding online classes has become easier. Not only that, but there are many mobile phone applications that are helping teachers and students to stay productive during the trying times of COVID-19.

4- Video-based Learning

As mentioned earlier students of the modern age have a limited attention span. They find it hard to endure long lectures and lose interest in a snap. Learning methods that are quick and make things easier are usually preferred by these students. It is for the same reason that the students of the modern age prefer to learn in visuals and graphics.

Flashcards have become a recent trend as they are short and simple. Video learning is even more easier and convenient for students, which is why it has become one of the hottest trends of the Year 2020. Many teachers are recording their lessons whereas others are recommending pre-recorded lessons available on sites such as YouTube. This is convenient both for teachers and students as it saves time while having a high impact in regards to learning.
There are several other e-Learning trends that are getting the attention of educators and experts. We are going to discuss a few more trends in-depth in our coming articles.
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