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9 Hottest Trends for Elearning Apps in 2018

Looking to develop a state of the art eLearning app in the new year?

Did you know 77% of American corporations use online learning in some capacity?

With technological advances impacting the eLearning industry, here are 9 of the hottest trends for eLearning apps in 2018 and how you can implement them!

1. Virtual Reality in Elearning Apps

Rather than walking users through video-based training in an app, VR technology offers the opportunity to immerse users in a virtual world to enhance their learning experience.

2. Augmented Reality

Similar to virtual reality, AR works in eLearning by enhancing the users learning environment rather than replacing it with a virtual one.

AR is less costly to the development side and often needs less hardware equipment compared to VR.

3. Microlearning

Rather than overwhelming users with a ton of information all at once, microlearning focuses on education in small units over a period of time.

It often features visuals, video training, simulations, and quizzes with immediate results to help users learn and retain information with ease.

4. Simulations

Rather than fact and memorization learning, task-based simulations in eLearning apps provide users the opportunity to get hands-on experience.

For example, an ASSE safety training program could include simulations of various safety scenarios. These simulations could walk users through a series of tasks or questions and give a score or grade based on performance.

5. Social Learning

Collaborative eLearning platforms are built with social networking, team building, and problem-solving skills in mind.

Social media in eLearning platforms are often separate from personal social networks like Facebook or Twitter. The social networks built into these platforms include comment tools, chats, and leaderboards.

6. Webinars

Along with microlearning, many organizations are building topic-specific webinars into their eLearning apps.

These hyperfocused boot camps provide an alternative to drawn out training programs that often last weeks or months.

7. Serious Games

Serious games add an element of entertainment into education.

For example, Cash Flow is a serious boardgame mobile app that educates players in financial literacy. It focuses on topics such as real estate, the stock market, budgeting, and more.

8. Focus on Upskilling

Upskilling is the process of continued education among a group already associated with a company.

A focus on upskilling is allowing businesses to use eLearning platforms to train current employees and promote internally.

This trend will continue to be a benefit for HR teams in 2018. It will also benefit employees who are hoping to ascend the career ladder within an organization.

9. Open Up the Platform

Once you’ve developed an app idea, consider building the platform so that it is open source.

An open source eLearning platform will provide flexibility for consumers and your team to customize and make changes as needed.

Launch into the Future of eLearning!

Keep these 9 trends in mind as you think about launching eLearning apps in 2018 in order to create something revolutionary!

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