The world of education has been changed forever by the development of electronic learning, better known as eLearning. It offers incredible flexibility to learn from any location and at any time, all with the help of technology. Although eLearning is not a recent development and has existed for quite some time, its growth significantly accelerated with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Traditional educational institutions (not to mention corporations and governments) haven’t had much of a choice in responding to its advancement – they had to adapt fast as the pandemic continued. eLearning platforms became the heroes of this time period. When you look at the numbers themselves, the growth story is both undeniable and unprecedented. For instance, Coursera’s number of registered course-takers was 21 million in 2016 and a whopping 92 million in 2021.
The projection for the future is what is truly impressive, though. According to ResearchAndMarkets, the global eLearning market is set to grow at a 17.5% CAGR and by $147.89 billion. As eLearning slowly creeps into various industries, let’s take a look at what goes into the success of this useful tool.
Types of eLearning Solutions and Approaches
Many Ways to Learn
The eLearning industry may be many things, but it’s far from a monolith. There are many different ways a person can learn, and it all depends on the learner’s preferences. Let’s go through some of the major types:
1. eLearning Courses: These would be your usual online courses available on everything from academic topics to career training. They’re focused on a single topic and often come from independent educators/brands.
2. Learning Management Systems (LMS): An LMS is a comprehensive platform that lets you manage and attend multiple courses at the same time. Examples of some well-known LMS platforms are Moodle, Udemy, and Coursera.
3. Virtual Learning Environments (VLE): Also called virtual…
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