Learning & Development trends to look out for in 2019

The first week of January always carries certain traditions, gym’s are at their busiest, setting of new year’s resolutions are at their peak and our blog looking at e-learning trends is published.

In this blog post we’ll take a look at what we expect to have the greatest impact on elearning in 2019.

1. Powerful User Experience

What is User Experience?

User experience – UX, for short – is how a person feels when interacting with a digital product. UX encompasses a lot of factors, some that are controllable by designers and developers and some that are environmental or just user preference. These factors include usability, accessibility, performance, design/aesthetics, utility, ergonomics, overall human interaction and marketing.

Why does it matter?

  • Users need to enjoy that interaction or they won’t come back
  • Users must be able to easily navigate the site and understand how to use it
  • User experience is important because it can create the momentum that propels the platform forward

If you haven’t already considered your learners user experience, 2019 is the year to make it forefront of your learning strategy. If users aren’t engaged then they quickly be turned off learning.


2. Video Learning

By now, we all should know the power of video, I’m sure the use of video is an everyday occurrence in most people’s lives. But in 2019 it will become even more prevalent in learning.

If you aren’t sure how to complete a simple task at home you will not hesitate to turn to YouTube to see if someone has uploaded a tutorial, so why is it different in the workplace?

Check out the below statistics that reinforce just how powerful video was in 2018:

  • 82% of Twitter users watch video content on Twitter
  • YouTube has over a billion users, almost one-third of total internet users.
  • 45% of people watch more than an hour of Facebook or YouTube videos a week.
  • More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day.
  • More video content is uploaded in 30 days than the major television networks have created in 30 years.
  • 87% of online marketers use video content.

If these statistics are anything to go by, 2019 is going to be a year where video goes from strength to strength. It could be time to explore different ways of integrating video in to your learning management system.


4. Data

Data was a hot topic in 2018, especially with the introduction of the new GDPR legislation, where almost every organisation in Europe is impacted. In 2019 data will remain at the forefront in elearning. Not only in terms of protecting your users data but also in how you use the data you have.

Analytics in learning management platforms are getting more powerful meaning that administrators can get a better insight into what their users are learning and why? This can be hugely beneficial for creating an engaging platform as it will allow admins to iron out any snags in content etc.

2019 is your time to get to know your data!

4. Mobile Learning

In 2018 more websites were loaded on smartphones and tablets than on desktop computers and mobile devices are now increasingly becoming the norm in staff learning and development. The number of smartphone users worldwide is now over two billion and inevitably your employees are spending more time on their smartphones. They will use mobile devices to do a majority of the daily tasks including learning new concepts. 2019 will see this figure rise again so if your learning platform is not responsive for mobile devices your learners could suffer. Moodle’s latest App release promises to enhance mobile learning further.


If you’re on top of these learning and development trends then your learning strategy is headed in the right direction! Stay tuned to our blog posts in 2019 for the latest elearning developments. Or if you’d like to chat to one of our expert team you can contact us on +44 (0)28 90 42 2000 or email info@synergy-learning.com

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