The year 2020 brought with it unusual lifestyles and habits for us. The Covid-19 pandemic is not only in the field of health, but also in economic, social, psychological, cultural, etc. It has affected our lives in many areas. In order to control the virus, whose spread is rapidly increasing worldwide, almost all countries in the world, whether developed or developing, had to take a series of protective measures. These strict measures, from the prohibition of travel, to continuing education online, from social isolation to curfew, brought most sectors of the economy to a standstill, and even caused a halt in some. New normal also changed eLearning trends in 2021.
However, there was an important feature that distinguishes the 21st century pandemic from previous pandemics: Technology and internet infrastructures. Technology has been a savior for all of us, preventing the Covid-19 pandemic from causing greater destruction in many industries. All processes of our learning and working styles were mostly dominated by systems with a technological infrastructure. At the same time, new trends began to be included in our lives. For instance, mobile learning application started to help us in the self-improvement process.
Let’s take a look at the e-learning trends of 2021, when learning is completely digital.
Microlearning is the process of dividing the learning process into small units and doing it in short stages. In this age of busy schedules and short attention spans, microlearning is a near-perfect educational model. In addition, learning and development are also one-to-one in terms of ensuring continuity.
Here are some examples of microlearning content:
• Text (phrases, short paragraphs)
• Pictures (photos, drawings)
• Videos (short variety
• Audio (short speech or music tracks)
• Tests and Quizzes
• Games (eg simple single-screen challenges)
It is very important for the educator to be able to follow the pace of change in the world. Instructors should always be equipped for success online or in a virtual environment. The online education period, which started especially during the pandemic process, forced educators to learn certain skill sets.
Video-based learning, as the name suggests, is a form of e-Learning that enables its viewers to acquire skills and knowledge through video. With video learning, individuals have the opportunity to create personalized training plans. This training method is becoming more and more popular. Companies use learning videos in a variety of situations, from recruiting to empowering to checking their employees’ knowledge in specific areas.
Augmented Reality (AR) refers to a technology that places information such as images, videos, text, and animations above the user’s field of view and “magnifies” the real-world environment. AR is an interactive environment that prioritizes providing informational context for the user’s environment. One of the advantages of AR as a tool is that there are many devices that can use the technology. From headphones to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Virtual Reality refers to a technology that uses visualizations of 3D objects and 360 environments. While the user does not interact with their own real-world environment, they interact with the virtual environment they visualize in front of them through special equipment. Provides required headset, image, sound and light motion based interactions. Controllers, gloves, shoes, cameras, etc. such as additional accessories. It provides more precise, more granular control and interactions.
References http://ijses.org/index.php/ijses/article/view/262/256 https://elearningindustry.com/what-is-microlearning-benefits-best-practices https://coreaxis.com/insights/blog/video-based-learning-content https://www.spheregen.com/augmented-virtual-and-mixed-reality-employee-training/
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