One of the fun things to do for those of us that are involved in the elearning industry is to attempt to predict what the future could possibly hold. While most predictions don’t come true, it is interesting to see how the industry evolves over time.
Making predictions for elearning is kind of like saying you are going to make predictions for “cars”. The industry is so massive, and there are many different components to consider.
That said, one area that tends to be popular with most people is elearning technology. More specifically, the tools that we use to create, deliver, and experience elearning courses.
A recent infographic (created by OnlineSchools.com) details three potential emerging technologies in the elearning space. You can read more about them below as the graphic does a far better job describing them than I could.
However, I will say that upon a little research (and just “gut”-feeling… for whatever that is worth), the first two are kind of silly. Maybe it’s just the image they use, but if I ever saw someone actually wearing some of this stuff I think I would have a hard time controlling my laughter.
It kind of reminds me of the Bluetooth ear-pieces that so many people were wearing a few years back. In the end, they have kind of become a joke.
The last prediction is a lot more viable, and most likely to be seen in the near term. We have seen a massive transition (much to the book publisher’s dismay) in the way that written learning content is distributed and accessed. The added interactive components enhanced the learning experience as well with these new virtual books.
What do you think? Can you see yourself jumping on board with any of these new trends?