The eLearning Trends That Dominated 2013 Infographic presents six eLearning trends in 2013 that probably will continue growing. Specifically:
- Responsive Design
Responsive design is more than just a passing trend. The concept was introduced a few years ago but prevailed as one of 2013 top design issues. A responsive web design approach, without a doubt, accommodates the needs of users regardless of the device they’re using.
HTML5 simplified a lot of things and introduced a ton of new features including the ability to make content editable, allow advanced browsers to remember typing history, and handle medial files straight out of the code.
- BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
BYOD further empowers learners who prefer to use their own devices—tools they are already familiar with—to stay connected. Schools and universities already recognized that students will be using their phones and tablets anyway.
- Content Curation
Content curation is a process of selecting and sorting through the copious amount of digital content, and presenting or arranging it in a meaningful way. In the field of eLearning, content curation deals with aggregating, distilling and organizing to serve learning goals
Research has shown again and again how important gamification in learning new skills and knowledge. The future of eLearning cannot be boring courses lacking engagement or emotional response. Instead they need to be interactive, engaging, and full of passion and enthusiasm. In short, the future of eLearning must include games and gamification. Games provide a ‘built-in’ level of interactivity and engagement.
- EPUB as a Publishing Format
There’s a broad range of software and hardware that enables users to read digital books. All of them, except for Kindle apps and Kindle device, use a free and open electronic book standard called EPUB. The latest version of this publishing tool, EPUB3, is also widely used by most digital booksellers. EPUB3 lowers the cost of production and delivery of books to several devices and software readers are already using. Readers can also convert files easily to EPUB and read it on screens of all types and sizes.