This month at the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) Conference in Dublin, Jonny Parkes (formerly Electric Paper) chastised some elearning companies for playing up the hype curve and bringing the e-learning industry into disrepute by making mobile/gaming/you name it promises that reality couldn’t deliver.
We decided to try to get behind the hype by looking at what people are really searching for on Google. It is not easy to draw conclusions just from Google search volumes, and they will be influenced by market hype, but it might allow us to draw some general conclusions on elearning trends.
We often get asked about e-learning trends and what is happening in the market. The picture in 2008 was not a clear one. The most commonly identified trend was a desire for faster and lower cost e-learning. The Bersin report in November 2008 for Training Magazine highlighted a reduction in e-learning in large organisations for the first time. By contrast, many commentators felt that 2009 would be a major opportunity for e-learning. See the findings of the major 2008 surveys below.
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A new report by Ambient Insight says the growth in elearning is slowing, that larger enterprises are actually reducing their expenditure and that the key growth areas are in areas such as hosted solutions, open source and rapid e-learning. See our October 2008 Market Update for more details. Does this reflect your reality? Take a few minutes to complete our survey.
We spend a lot of our time talking with people like you about authoring tools: what you’re looking for from a tool, which ones will do what you want, and how to get the most from them. And how about some ideas for free ones? We look at all the answers in our survey results with Jane Hart as guest commentator.
One clear finding in our e-learning trends survey on the site recently was that many of you expect to use more authoring tools in the next 12 months as part of your development approach. But what kinds of tools will you use, and what do they need to be capable of doing? Let's find out with a little survey.
In our newsletter in March 2008 we did a review of Survey Monkey and as part of the review set up a survey on future e-learning trends. We have already had many people participate so we thought we would share the results so far. We will publish the final results at the end of the month, so if you havent participated, what are you waiting for?
If you want to live in the future, you have to make it up, right? So we asked some of the industry’s big thinkers to peer through the looking glass to paint us a picture of where e-learning is headed in 2007. Some made bold predictions (all references to hoverboards have been removed). Some expressed their hopes, some their fears. Some didn’t respond in time for the deadline. They shall not go to the ball.
Read on to see where this funny little business is headed. Whose fantasies will become a reality? Come back in December when we’ll dust this off and see who has the gift, and who really is away with the fairies.
For a slightly different way of looking at some of these predictions, have a look at our e-learning predictions book, which we produced using Rapitivity, the tool we review this month. It’s great for quick interactions like this one.