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E-learning and How It’s Delivered

Previously we discussed the importance of staying relevant, and how e-learning can provide the right tools to academia, the corporate sector, government or individuals to help streamline the learning process and deliver educational content in an efficient (and brand new) way.

How is e-learning content delivered, then?

Currently, there are three modalities of e-learning: synchronous, asynchronous, or a mix of both

Synchronous learning is mainly delivered in the form of webinars, where the instructor and the trainees can interact in real-time. With asynchronous learning, on the other hand, instructors and trainees do not directly interact. The trainees have an online platform at their disposal, known as learning management systems (LMS). LMSs such as Canvas, Blackboard, Google Classroom, D2L Brightspace or Moodle offer instructors resources such as a documentation repository, forums, wikis, quizzes, chat rooms, to name but a few. Instructors use the platform to create a course structure and fill it with relevant content, and trainees can learn and progress at their own pace. In some cases, both methods are combined, and a course can have live webinars so that students and trainer can interact, and a platform with documentation, activities, forums that complement it. 

Source: Eliterate

E-learning platforms such as Udacity, Coursera, Udemy, MasterClass, or LinkedInLearning offer a wide range of specific courses that can be of value for higher education, the corporate sector or individual training as well.

Global Industry Analysts put the e-learning industry at USD 107 billion in 2015. Today, they estimate that the global market for e-learning will reach USD 406 billion by 2024. We are talking about the value of e-learning multiplied by four in less than a decade, a staggering increase.

The future that lies ahead for e-learning is exciting. Technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, cloud tech, and artificial intelligence will impact traditional educational methods. Mobile learning, serious games, and the increase in audiovisual content will provide a plethora of options for those who learn. Growth perspectives for the industry are appealing. Keep an eye on what’s happening in the e-learning industry.

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