The 2017 E-learning User Study was conducted by Elearning! Media Group via an online survey of learning professionals to reveal the current trends and practices in e-learning. These findings were tabulated from 363 responses across corporate, government, education, and non-profit organizations. The study was conducted industry wide, including Elearning! Magazine subscribers. E-learning encompasses enterprise-wide learning and workplace technologies.
LEARNING DEPLOYMENT BY LOCATION TYPE
Drivers for Learning Investments
Employee engagement and improved collaboration are the top business objectives for learning investments. Personalized learning moves up to #3 in priority.
Training PrioritiesCompliance regains the lead in training priority for 2017.
LEARNING SOLUTIONS USED & PURCHASES
Learning teams use a variety of solutions and are actively sourcing new solutions. The fastest growing solutions based upon purchase intention are:
LearnCore, a training and coaching software for sales and customer facing teams, doubled down on its mobile strategy by launching a native Android application. Teams can now improve their knowledge and skills on any mobile device. The app provides users with mobile access to training courses, certifications, video coaching, and downloadable content for offline access.
"The release of our Android app brings the power of LearnCore where it's convenient for our users," says Vishal Shah, LearnCore CEO. "Given the global presence of our clients and the popularity of Androids, it was a natural extension of our technology."
Similar to LearnCore's existing iPhone and Salesforce app, the Android app delivers video, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, screenshots and others forms of learning media. Plus, on-the-go employees can collaborate directly through the app by viewing practice videos and messaging approaches by other users, and provide feedback.
Docebo provided its first look at the brand new Docebo Content Marketplace at Learn Tech '17. The Content Marketplace makes purchasing and delivering high-quality e-learning content easier, reduces time spent on administrative functions, and improves speed-to-deployment of training materials. Docebo partnered with OpenSesame on the release.
"With the Content Marketplace, Docebo clients can now easily access, browse and purchase learning materials from OpenSesame and other learning content providers right from within their Docebo LMS, explains Docebo's product marketing director Donato Mangialardo.
The Blended Learning Hub is a perpetual learning makerspace designed specifically for training, learning and education professionals. A social collaborative community, the Blended Learning Hub, will provide a personal, curated approach to modern blended learning for learning professionals. The Blended Learning Hub will go live on March 6th.
"We, as learning professionals, are expected to be experts in everything, but until now, had no clear path how to get there"” says Jennifer Hofmann, founder and president of InSync Training. "In response to this clear need, we created the Blended Learning Hub. We couldn't be more excited and proud to share it with the training, learning, and education community."
The Blended Learning Hub will include monthly learning campaigns focused on a crucial blended learning topic, like microlearning and facilitation. Learn-ing campaigns include personal learning pathways, expert guidance and support from Phylise Banner, an engaging com- munity of peers, and exclusive resources and purposefully curated content from trusted industry sources.
-Learn more: www.insynctraining.com
The Harvard University strategic initiative HarvardX is running a massive open online course (MOOC) that features adaptive learning and assessment algorithms that tailor course material in response to student performance.
"Adaptive learning functionality, through which a computer system can fit learning experiences to the needs of each student, had not been offered previously in a HarvardX course and is featured in a few courses across the edX online learning platform, reports Brent Marlow, Harvard correspondent. That all changes with the first pilot course "Super-Earths and Life, taught by Harvard's Phillips Professor of Astronomy Dimitar Sasselov. The goal is to gain a preliminary assessment of the technological feasibility and impications of adaptive functionahlit to online courses. "Depending on the results, the technology may expand to other HarvardX MOOCs, says Marlow.
"Adaptive learning programs are very good at speeding up information acquisition and lengthening retention, as well as individualizing learning to help learners see where they have difficulty, says Peter K. Bol, Harvard's vice provost for advances in learning (VPAL) and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Lan- guages and Civilizations.
"One of the big advantages of learning in the digital space is the ability to get real-time feedback, says Robert A. Lue, HarvardX faculty director and professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology. "Adaptive functionality allows users to optimize learning based on their performance, offering a personalized path to mastery."
Skillsoft, provider of e-learning technology, released a new content delivery and learning platform, called Percipio. New content, called business skills and leadership, includes 200 courses and more than 1,800 micro-learning videos between three and five minutes in length. “The videos will be released this month, and an additional 1,100 will be released before the end of December, says Tara O’Sullivan, chief creative officer at Skillsoft.
Skillsoft’s new concept moves away from instructor-led training. The biggest differentiator in the videos is the use of professional actors to depict real-life situations that focus on key messages, O’Sullivan says. Over time, users get to know the actors, such as Seth, who keeps making mistakes at work, and Tom, the CEO who is calm and analytical.
Existing customers will migrate to the new platform over the next year or two while new customers will start on Percipio. Skillsoft delivers Cloud-based content and services to 40 million active users and 6,700 customers, including compliance training for more than 1,000 organizations.
-Learn more: www.skillsoft.com
Mark Zuckerberg recently visited the Oculus Research Lab in Redmond, Wash., and showed off how the Oculus Gloves could type in virtual reality. He shared:
“Our Oculus Research lab in Redmond is where some of the best scientists and engineers in the world are pushing the boundaries of virtual and augmented reality. The team is led by Michael Abrash and focuses on things like advanced optics, eye tracking, mixed reality and new ways to map the human body. The goal is to make virtual reality and augmented reality what we all want it to be: glasses small enough to take anywhere, software that lets you experience anything, and technology that lets you interact with the virtual world just like you do with the physical one.
He concludes: “The technology being builtin this lab right now makes me want the future to get here a lot sooner.”
MicroTek, provider of training room rentals, virtual training technologies, meeting services and large training roll-outs, released a significant upgrade to its Virtual Training Room, which provides a hybrid learning experience by connecting a live, instructor-led class with remote participants — promoting an equal, interactive learning environment for all learners.
The upgrade includes these enhancements:
>> New breakout room functions. Now, instructors are able to easily place participants into virtual breakout rooms for participation in small group activities.
>> Simplified remote learners connections to the Virtual Training Room platform.
>> New intuitive interface for learners and instructors to use and interact with the system and take advantage of advanced training tools
“Virtual Training Room is a corner-stone of our Next Generation Classroom suite of services and has been very popular with our customers — who have provided valuable insight into how to improve the interface and experience. These upgrades reflect that feedback and enhance the superior learning environment our users expect with Virtual Training Room,” says Ron Tolentino, manager of Technical Services at MicroTek.
TalentQuest, a provider of Cloud-based talent management software, releases a new learning management system (LMS) that features technology obtained from Purple- frame's acquisition. Purpleframe Technologies advances in virtual reality software, interactive educational games and new type of assessments sets TQ LMS apart.
"The acquisition of Purpleframe allows us to really create the next-generation type of learning content that is very interactive, very immersive, using 3-D, using virtual reality and augmented reality."
"The acquisition of Purpleframe allows us to really create the next-generation type of learning content and content that is very interactive, very immersive, using 3-D, using virtual reality and augmented reality, says Kevin Sessions, president of TalentQuest, "We wanted to make sure that with that we had the best way to distribute that content and provide it for our clients, so hence the LMS."
-Learn more: www.talentquest.com
Try UpsideLMS for 14 days when you self-setup. The trial, with 24x7 technical support and live chat help, enables users to explore the benefits of a SaaS learning management system as a learner, an administrator, or both.
Features to explore in UpsideLMS are: Blended Learning, E-learning, Classroom Training/ Instructor Led Training (ILT) with Batch Management, Assessments, Social Learning & Knowledge Collaboration, and MIS & Reporting.
The trial area has been designed with a hand-holding section called "Quick Links" that enables users to add new users, add new courses under Curriculums (or choose from the precreated ones), and Assign Curriculum to Users in three simple steps.
Setting up the trial area is extremely simple with the user having to enter a domain name of his/ her choice, a password and name. The area can be personalized by uploading a logo of one's choice, selecting a theme from the ready-to-use theme library or customizing further by choosing from UpsideLMS's wide color palette, fonts and layouts.