5 Trends in E-Learning for 2016

January 8, 2016

Many surveys, reports and studies show that the eLearning industry acquires more market with each year. ELearning is expected to reach $107 billion until the end of 2015, which means a 9,2 % growth since 2010 ($ 32,1 billion).


Some of the countries that experienced the highest growth of eLearning in the last couple of years are: India (55%), China (52%), Malaysia (41%), Romania (38%), Poland (28%), Czech Republic (27%), and Brazil (26%).

If you are interested in what’s next for the eLearning industry, here are some trends to familiarize yourself with:




Even though you might have heard a lot of times already about gamification, this concept is still considered “fresh” on the learning market. Gamification is about engaging people in the learning process, it brings fun and challenges, it’s social and interactive in many ways.

A professor from the University of Colorado Denver, Traci Sitzmann, studied the effectiveness of gamification over the duration of a year with data from 6,476 adult trainees. In her analysis she found that when learners were presented with training that incorporated simulation and gamification, learning increased in the following ways:

  • Skill-based knowledge level increased by 14%

  • Factual-knowledge level increased by 11%

  • Retention of material learnt increased by 9%


MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses)


A MOOC is defined by the dictionary as a course of study made available over the internet without charge to a very large number of people.

The MOOC phenomenon took off only 3 years ago and the 3 biggest organizations that have the largest catalogue of courses at the moment are Udacity, edX and Coursera.

The MOOC courses are entirely online, provided


for free by worldwide universities to anyone interested in learning. They don’t have admission requirements and can basically be accessed by anyone who has internet.These online open courses are a big trend in the industry and are expected to engage more people in 2016.

Here is a website about MOOC you can read further:http://www.skilledup.com/articles/the-best-mooc-provider-a-review-of-coursera-udacity-and-edx




You just got used with the “eLearning” concept and now you hear about a new one: “mLearning”. MLearning stands for Mobile Learning and as the word says, it involves learning using mobile devices. Let’s face it, mobile devices have become deeply integrated in our lives. We use them to read news or books, to check our next meeting, to write emails and messages etc. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that the next trend in learning is mobile learning!

MLearning is a great solution for those people that need to learn “on the go” or for those companies that have limited time to offer for training.


Video learning


Where do people go nowadays when they need information fast and easy? Or what would you choose between 20 minutes of reading and 5 minutes of watching a tutorial on Youtube? My guess: the videos on Youtube or similar platforms.

Video trainings have become a big trend in the industry and by sure will continue to grow in 2016.


Are you passionate about eLearning and know about other trends in the industry? Share your thoughts with us, in the comments section below.


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Instructional Designer in Vancouver