5 Predictions for the Future of Online Learning

5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning

Online learning through distance learning colleges and universities is already popular. There are many benefits to online study programs. They allow for students enrolled in online (e-learning) degree programs to study from anywhere.

5 Predictions for the Future of Online Learning

They are also time flexible meaning students can study when it is convenient for them. These online degree programs can pave the way for career success. Here are 5 predictions for what the future of online learning may have in store:

Mobile Learning:

5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning
5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning – Mobile Learning

 

The future of online learning is in the palm of our hands. As the world of online becomes mobile, students will be shifting from computers to smartphones. Platforms like Moodle already make it easier to obtain coursework through an app. As distance learning is optimal for those who need flexibility, having access to online learning from a phone makes it even easier for distance learners. Mobile learning can be done on-the-go, during a commute, a lunch break, or when waiting for children at school. MACU already uses Moodle.

MOOCs:

5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning
5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning – MOOCs

 

Otherwise known as Massive Open Online Courses, these lecture-style courses offer unlimited enrollment. Already a cornerstone of distance education, they are considered a big benefit of distance learning. This is because of their inclusive nature. One challenge with MOOCs is that it can be difficult to get to know professors. Yet, some MOOCs overcome the challenge by providing communities of students, professors, and teaching assistants.  Though MOOCs have been traditionally reserved for continuing education, the trend is that they will be accepted as credit courses.

Virtual Reality Learning:

5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning
5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning – Virtual Reality Learning Experience

 

These make online learning closer to the in-person experience. Students have the opportunity to see the professor and other students in the class face to face. They can show up to class as themselves or an avatar.  Some students want a more interactive education experience. They want to be able to ask the professor a question directly, or want the real classroom experience. Virtual Reality Learning enables them to do that. It overcomes a huge challenge of online learning

Gamification of e-learning:

5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning
5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning – Gamification of e-learning

 

Using all the elements of a game, this allows students to learn in the form of a computer game. Using the same incentives and structures of a game, including points, rewards, and challenges, e-learners can acquire, perfect, and study through a game. Don’t expect anything too complicated from these games. It won’t be like playing the latest release game, but it will allow distance learners to have fun while learning or testing their knowledge. It will also give them the portability and flexibility they need as distance learners.

Single courses at a time: 

5 Predictions For The Future Of Online Learning

 

Since distance learning allows for time flexibility as well as geographic flexibility, giving e-learners the opportunity to study and complete coursework at a tailored pace is very important. It may be that a distance learner wants to take only a course or two while working. Or, they may want to earn a degree one piece at a time. This trend is especially helpful for working adults who are returning to school for a degree. There are many such students at MACU already.

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