As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to make predictions to where Float believes the eLearning industry (including microlearning and mobile learning) is going in 2019. Float have seen this industry evolve since our founding. We are very excited to see where this form of learning is heading. These eLearning methods will only continue to evolve, and it’s important to keep an eye on the future of learning.
Increased Usage of Virtual and Augmented Reality
Virtual and augmented reality are used often in entertainment via films and high-end video games, but with the increased affordability with this technology, a new form of learning is emerging. As VR has continued to grow in popularity, it has been used in training for safety-related training procedures and many other innovative examples. With events such as Realities360, it’s clear that companies and organizations see AR and VR as important learning solutions and experiences. It has seen big investments in learning for children and people with special needs or learning disabilities.
Mira, one of Float’s partners, is a company leading the way to more affordable AR solutions. They offer hands-free smart glass product which leverages mobile devices you already have – the smartphone. They have used this hands-free solution in a variety of industries. These industries include telecommunications, mining, construction, medical technologies, aerospace and defense, property management, and manufacturing.
Their solution offers interesting use cases, for example, remote help, remote desktop, camera, scanner, work instructions, task list, and more. It’s exciting and affordable. We’re liking the SDK so far and have hope for where this platform may go.
Check out what Mira is doing:
An Emphasis on Microlearning
I think we can agree it’s difficult to recall large portions of information in a short amount of time. For example, if asked to give a presentation on a 70-page report you had only had a few minutes to look over, it could be difficult to remember the important details needed to make the right points. Because of the difficulty in recalling large portions of information, it’s easier to learn things in smaller tidbits, or bite-sized pieces. This form of microlearning helps individuals remember the information they learn.
In an ATD blog, Tanya Seidel writes in Defining Great Microlearning, “it is not as much about the length [in microlearning] as it is a single purpose. Short and to the point and targeted.” Microlearning should talk about specific tasks and skills that are necessary and applicable to everyday work. Rather than expecting your learners to remember a training session that was nearly an hour long, breaking it into 5-minute segments may bring more promise than the former.
Microlearning is coming on strong, and we’re excited to see it chart its ongoing growth.
Mobile Learning Usage Increase
Over the last few years, we have seen smartphones become a vital tool in our lives. From social networking apps to the newest addictive game, our mobile devices are important to us. It is the way we connect with the outside world. It should come as no wonder some organizations want to create a distraction-free workplace environment. Because of the heavy usage of our mobile devices, it should come as no surprise that learning content is becoming more mobile-focused. A developer can make learning material to run well on smaller devices. We can then shift away from desktop-only viewing. We are excited to see this focus on the smartphone as a vital tool for learning. In 2019, we expect Mobile Learning adoption to grow even more than it has in the last couple of years.
Machine Learning and Bots
We have seen smart assistants have integrated themselves into our technology through Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. These AI bots help cater to our needs. Organizations who develop similar, smaller assistants or chatbots, can personalize the training programs for their employees. These bots can help meet the individual at whatever level they need.
According to an article on ATD’s website, titled: “The Choose-to-Engage Barrier: Why Chat Bots Are an Effective Alternative to Apps” by Vince Han, chatbots end the need of logging into an app to find your next task. Chatbots use simple conversations to engage learners whenever and wherever they are (i.e., instant messaging with friends and colleagues). Chatbots are useful in sending content reminders, issuing challenges to apply the training they are undergoing into actions, providing on-demand performance support, and assessing the progress (or lack of progress) of the learner.
In fact, the concept of chatbots is gaining attention-especially about the upcoming ATD TechKnowledge conference, where five sessions are planned for February. The conference will include two hands-on-learning sessions such as how to create your own Alexa Skill for Learning and making a chatbot for learning and development. Also, there will be several sessions featuring how chatbots can change and improve the L&D of your company.
Float is working on efforts with Machine Learning and other AI for recommender and content delivery systems – especially for microlearning, so we’re really monitoring this space closely.
What Float has Done: SparkLearn®
To prepare for these trends, Float has developed a microlearning platform for performance support created with the goal of training employees efficiently and effectively. Float knows how important content delivery is to learners, and SparkLearn® strives to meet the needs your employees may have.
Our platform has a flexible content management system, a responsive web interface, and an intuitive mobile app. Float wanted to highlight the Big 4. These include:
- Personalized Instructional Content
- With SparkLearn® you can distribute short-form eLearning content (modules) to mobile apps for both iOS and Android. The content is compatible with smartphones, tablets, and desktop users. This cross-platform makes our platform different from others.
- One of the best features of SparkLearn® is the ability to publish more resources within the app. With a few taps, you can associate websites, PDFs, PPTS, and more, with the courses. These features can help with unique job aids, performance support tools, and more. Flexible metadata makes it searchable within the application.
- Company Personalization
- SparkLearn® enables learners to favorite content to look at later and performance support when a need arises. It provides their history, so they always know what they have completed and what more they need to do.
- Offline Support
- Through SparkLearn®, users can learn even when they are offline. Once they reconnect to data or WiFi, their results will sync.
We’re ready to get you started with SparkLearn® in 2019. Contact us for a demo or pilot!