eLearning Trends in 2019

In recent years, trends in eLearning have been relatively modest. However, in 2019 we're seeing changes in the way technology is being used for learning

Here are the top areas to keep an eye on for the rest year.

Gamification and Game-based learning

Though this trend has been around for some time, it continues to be strong in 2019 as more organisations seek to invest in game-based learning. This will help to engage your learners and according to the eLearning industry, research shows students score 14 percent higher in skills-base knowledge assessments after a gamified learning experience. Your learning retention rates will also improve, meaning your learners are better able to apply knowledge they have learned back in the workplace.

Adaptive Learning

“An adaptive mind has better learning capability”- Pearl Zhu

Adaptive learning looks set to grow in popularity in 2019. Using adaptive learning, you can customise the content delivered to each of your learners, based on their individual needs.  The leaner simply has to take a quiz to establish the knowledge they already have about the topic and what they still need to know. The system will then automatically deliver the content that learner needs, making learning more efficient, effective and engaging.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Although we have seen appetite for VR and AR grow over the past two years, 2019 is set to be the turning point with organisations starting to realise the benefits of delivering learning as an experience. It’s now becoming more affordable than you might think and also offers a low risk learning environment which learners find enganging.Here at eCom we recognised it’s potential and we’re delighted to have secured grant funding from Ufi Charitable Trust to develop a Virtual Reality (VR) authoring tool. The Assessing Reality project will see eCom create an authoring tool that will enable non-technical staff in organisations, awarding bodies and colleges to create cost-effective VR assessment themselves, directly on the web. Find out more about Assessing Reality.


Although the industry is no stranger to Artificial Intelligence, it’s use within digital learning has only just started to pick up speed.  The use of chat bots is ever increasing as organisations look for cheap and effective tools to deliver information. Chat bots help reduce the administrative load on your team and are quicker than humans at giving data-related answers such as schedules and test results.  Also they are available 24/7, so are ideally suited to eLearning, giving learners the ability to learn when and where suits them best.


‘Average British attention span is 14 minutes.’ -the Independent

It looks like micro-learning is here to stay and will still be popular in 2019. So more organisations are actively taking advantage of this trend, giving their learners small chunks of information, exactly when needed, which can be easily repeated if required. 

Mobile Learning

Mobile learning is becoming more main stream. A 2018 workplace survey done by LinkedIn showed that the number one reason employees are not engaging in workplace learning is because they don’t have the time. This means it’s now essential to offer mobile eLearning solutions that are easy to access.

Focus on the Learner

All these trends offer exciting opportunities to deliver eLearning in a more user friendly way. However, we need to keep the learner at the heart of every decision we make. Developing eLearning with the learner in mind should always be the priority, giving them a better and more effective way to learn.

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