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  • Writer's pictureTy Smarpat - Localization Manager

4 Learning and Development Trends to Keep an Eye Out for in 2023

What does 2023 have in store for the eLearning industry? The learning and development space has shown immense growth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are no plans for this growth to stop any time soon. Here are some trends to keep an eye out for this upcoming year.

An Emphasis on Creating a Personalized Learning Experience

Everyone learns differently, so gone are the days of utilizing the same courses for everyone - with this in mind, it’s crucial to tailor every course to each learner's specific needs and preferences. This type of approach is much more effective because personalized learning experiences take into account the unique learning styles, backgrounds, and individual goals of everyone taking the course.

Plus, working from home for the past few years has given learners the flexibility to have more of a say in their learning environment. Remote work allows learners to choose exactly how they want to consume their materials and course content. When learners feel more in control of their learning situation, they’ll feel more empowered and better retain the material at hand.

When creating the learning material, your goal should be to create targeted, culturally appropriate training to match each employee’s needs. Our eLearning services will help achieve this for you.

A Rise in Using Virtual and Augmented Reality

Technology is only getting more and more enhanced, so why not use it to your advantage when creating your eLearning courses? Game-based learning and education for training purposes are set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14% by 2025, with virtual and augmented reality becoming more and more popular year over year.

Augmented reality superimposes, or overlays, a computer-generated image onto the learner’s view of the real world, whereas virtual reality allows learners to immerse themselves in a completely simulated environment. While these two methods differ, they both help to create fun, engaging, and interactive course materials for your learners.

The Shift Towards Microlearning

We live in a world that is fast-paced, resulting in learners having lower attention spans. This is where microlearning can be beneficial; as microlearning is the process of providing educational content and material in small, bite-sized chunks. This could be anything from short-form videos and quick interactive modules to infographics and pictures.

A study shows that short-term memory can only manage around four elements at a time, so microlearning has been proven successful as it provides small tidbits of information at a time. Additionally, the same study found that 71% of learning professionals see the potential in microlearning to increase knowledge retention, with 68% believing it can drive engagement for employees of all kinds.

A Strong Priority on Diversity and Accessibility

Not all of your learners’ language of choice will be English, so there is a need to translate all eLearning materials so the content will be appropriate and relevant to every single learner. Accessibility needs to be at the cornerstone of all your content development because without it, you’ll foster a non-inclusive work environment. When your employees don’t have proper access to the materials they need, they won’t be able to reach their learner outcomes and will be left feeling confused and frustrated.

We have built our comprehensive eLearning workflows to have human touchpoints at every stage of the process - because we believe there’s no such thing as a one-size fits all approach to localization and translation. Instead, our team will use our cultural understanding and experience to identify the strategic goals of your eLearning content, while creating a personalized solution to meet your needs and learner outcomes. We’d love to talk more about your project- so get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help you!


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