Wednesday, November 06, 2019

E-Learning in Singapore has come a long way and it is influenced by global trends in the eLearning industry. Over the years, development in infrastructure, demographic profile, demand for skilled workers and the ICT sectors has contributed to the growth of e-Learning in Singapore.

In this article, we look at the newest trends shaping the e-Learning industry in Singapore that you should know about.

Increased Investment in L&D and Training Departments

Studies show that employees in the modern era switch their roles at least 15 times in the course of their career, and skills have a shelf life of 5 years. Increased investment in the training and L&D departments will call for a shift from performance managers to growth coaches.

According to LinkedIn’s Workplace learning report, several studies that includes the measurements of staff’s personal growth and improvement, employees tend to perform better on a professional capacity. This means that corporates in Singapore need to invest in mentors and coaches that will help in utilising the strengths of each team member.

Focus on Work-Life Skills

Most corporates in Singapore have the longest time focused on developing their employees work life. However, several institutes such as Deloitte and Linkedin Learning, are finding a recurring motif in their surveys; Collaboration, problem-solving, communication skills, leadership, and management are some of the common topics for eLearning in not only Singapore but the rest of the world.

These work-life skills empower people to adapt to changes and to succeed in different areas. Progressive companies that are keen on staff retention and sustained success, they also focus on helping employees to build up their abilities as well as make it easy for them to embrace change.

User-Generated Content

User-generated content refers to any content created by the learners that make learning more effective. Wikipedia is one of the best examples of learning platforms that rely on user-generated content.

This is one of the ways to encourage social learning. The increase in user-generated content for e-Learning will see a drop in the use of external suppliers to create bespoke e-Learning content and entire learning solutions. This collaboration will bring a shift towards a more open and democratic working environment.

Shift to Effective Mobile Learning

Going mobile is a well-known trend, but unfortunately, learning management systems have yet to achieve effective mobile experiences. Statistics indicate that 67% of the people say that they use mobile devices for learning; the percentage of people that for the use of mobile for in-house learning is much lower.

The barrier to effective mobile learning is mainly due to the content being hosted on platforms that are not mobile friendly. Another barrier could be because the content is not designed for ‘on the fly’ learning such as the content you get from Google. However, responsive technologies are bringing a shift to effective mobile learning and the rise of actual mobile learning design.

Self-Directed Learning

Technological advancements such as AI, machine learning, and VR are one of the newest trends in e-Learning in Singapore today. They allow for fewer mandated learning paths, more user-autonomy, and trust for people to find the content they need when they need it.

However, for this to be possible, there will be a need for a more integrated, catalogued, searchable systems with L&D departments helping with filtering and refinement of data to guide the learners.

Self-directed learning will also help the learners to recognise the best learning materials are not only the ones that are generated by the in-house L&D teams. This will help achieve continuous learning that involves collaboration, and constant learning from others and recognising the innovation and changes happening out of one’s organisation.

Daily Data

Big data has been at the forefront of various business operations, and it is greatly influencing e-Learning in Singapore. More than half of the L&D teams in Singapore are looking to develop the skills of the staff by designing, evaluating, and delivering better Learning solutions.

However, most corporates are grappling with generating quality data. When the available data is analysed, e-Learning in Singapore will move from being measured by completions to sentiment and engagement scores. Here are the advantages of collecting daily data to change how staff enrols for courses and develop competencies.

Microlearning

Microlearning started gaining traction in late 2018, and it is a trend where learners choose bite-sized learning modules for eLearning. By 2018, the microlearning approach accounts for 60.7% if e-Learning. This is deduced from Deloitte’s report, Leading in Learning, they found that the modern learner has 1% of a typical workweek to focus on training and development.

A typical microlearning session in Singapore today includes short 10-12 minute videos that are followed by interactive tests and quizzes. This makes it easy for employees to learn on the go as well as in boosting mobile learning.

Gamification and Game-Based Learning

Game-based learning which is a form of blended learning incorporates games to deliver desired learning outcomes. Gamification, on the other hand, involves the broader application of concepts that gives the learning process a gaming feel.

These are not necessarily new phenomena, but with the progression of e-Learning, they have become mainstream thanks to innovative solutions that bring about real-world applications.

Conclusion

While trends can be confusing for eLearning professionals and teams, they are only keen on making the industry better. The only way to enhance e-Learning is by embracing the trends. Contact our support team for all things e-Learning in Singapore.