Introduction to Personalized ELearning

The expectations of elearning today have come a long way since it was first introduced.

In the past it wasn’t uncommon for an elearning module to simply have some generic text in a PowerPoint-type format.

If you were lucky there would be some Clipart included as well ūüėČ .

Well, gone are those days (and same with Clipart, if you didn’t know).

Fast-forward to today and people demand more out of the elearning programs, and they should. A well put together online course is both motivates and informs.

Structuring the content in logical ways can help with learning retention as well.

Adding gamification elements is an easy and proven way to keep the learner motivated.

And one really effective strategy is to find ways to personalize the learning.

The infographic above (created by Extreme Networks based on their survey) provides an introduction to personalized learning.

As you likely expected this form of learning is going to grow in popularity.

One easy way to adjust your content is to make it role-specific. Speak the language of the people taking the course. Use relevant examples and scenarios.

But that just scratches the surface. Personalized course content can get a lot deeper than this.

Think about it, we have get ultra-personalized experiences using our favorite applications already. The targeted ads on Facebook are one example.

We can expect the use of this kind of technology and targeting to make its way into educational situations as well.¬†“Smart” quizzing that makes recommendations on learning paths based on scores are starting to raise in popularity.

As we expect more out of elearning it is exciting to see the innovations that result. The rise in mobile learning will also mean the rise in personalized content.

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

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  1. William

    When will LearnDash have this sort of functionality?

    The main thing putting me off LearnDash currently is:
    (a) A lack of support for self-grading/self-reflection e.g. you could have a longer answer question, the user could write an answer down, the answer would pop-out, then the user could grade the question. There could be a box for reflecting on how to improve their answer as well.

    (b) A lack of a notetaking extension, that would add in notetaking functionality into the courses. This would be an amazing addition.

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