Following on from our piece about the best ways to measure success using a corporate training app and taken alongside that ASTD, the world’s largest training and development conference is getting underway in Washington today, we’re addressing three of what we feel are some of the big new developments in corporate e-learning delivery.
Increasingly video is seen as the future medium of e-learning content. Successful models such as Linda.com and Coursera are evidence of the scalability of video, and in the context of e-learning it enables enterprises to really focus on instructional methods and ensure that lessons are clearly conveyed. The TinCan API has greatly increased the scope for gatherable statistics based around video content. This means is that extremely minute aspects of a user’s interaction with video content can now be analysed, including (but not limited to), average watch-times and how engaged particular learners are.
The functionality of video players now also means within-video bookmarking is possible, allowing the end-user to refer back to particular points within a video, or allowing those operating the LMS to segment video content into chapters. The purpose of these deceptively simple improvements in functionality is to hold use engagement for longer and increase retention rates amongst learners themselves. In finance and sectors where compliance is key, video tracking has broadened the depth and reach of E-learning initiatives.
Tin Can API
The Tin Cap API is something you may have heard about already (it has caused no small degree of excitement in teaching and learning circles) and despite its unglamorous name, it offers a range of integration functionality that was previously impossible.
Tin Can allows users of LMS software to cover a much wider range of bases in terms of the statistics they track and degree to which these statistics can be integrated with existing solutions. Essentially, it gives corporations a deeper understanding of learning progress, than what scorm-wrapped content was able to achieve.
So for example, existing employee profiles within a database can now be updated with Tin Can obtained data from a third-party LMS. It’s an extraordinarily useful tool that simplifies what were previously often elaborate workflows to get an LMS working with pre-existing analytics and other database software. In this sense it solves the problem of taking data from many sources and activities and quantifying it all into a mutually compatible, quantifiable format.
Mobile learning is probably the most obvious of the three developments. Anyone who has been keeping up with even the most basic tech news knows that tablet and mobile devices have experienced huge growth over the past few years.
This has had a predictable knock-on effect in terms of e-learning, spurring the growth of everything from digital textbooks to apps for schools to apps for Human Resources departments in corporate entities. It has also meant that LMS providers now have an additional platform, which employs mobile OSes (Android and iOS) to keep in mind.
When taken alongside the growth in Bring-Your-Own-Device schemes (BYOD), Learning Management Systems are increasingly having to accommodate a wide range of devices of which an ever-increasing share are mobile (tablet and smartphone) based. To achieve this, multi-platform software that can work on any device is going to become increasingly vital.
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