eLearning Trends for 2015, Truth or Fiction

I love the optimism of a new year! Leaving behind old ideas and looking forward to new possibilities! Articles, blog posts, conversations follow this theme of anticipation during January.  Honestly, I like reading these posts much more than how to lose weight by spring break, saving money or organizing your closets. Really?! Is there anything new to be learned under those topics? I think the challenge may be a case of follow through not how to. But that’s just me.

So, rather than share my resolution list (which by the way, includes being healthier and cutting back on spending so I can travel to destinations on my to-see list), I am sharing ideas of others on technology trends to look at during 2015.

THE Journal recently published an article What’s Hot and What’s Not in Ed Tech for 2015? The take-aways from the article and experts forecast include:

  1. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Outlook Hot
  2. Social Media as a Teaching and Learning Tool – Outlook Lukewarm
  3. Digital Badges – Outlook Lukewarm
  4. Open Education Resources – Outlook Lukewarm
  5. Tablets – Outlook Hot
  6. E-Portfolios – Outlook Lukewarm
  7. Learning Management Systems – Outlook Losing Steam
  8. Learning Analytics – Outlook Lukewarm
  9. Augmented Reality – Outlook Lukewarm
  10. Student Data Privacy Concerns – Outlook Hot
  11. Personalized Learning – Outlook Hot
  12. Apps for Learning – Outlook Lukewarm

Another article posted by IT Business Edge Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 gave the following predictions:

  1. Internet of Things – Everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.
  2. Wearables – sensor devices that are worn on the physical body
  3. Mobile Payments – paymentservices operated under financial regulation and performed from or via a mobile device
  4. Public Consumption – the exchanging of money via platforms like Venmo or PayPal will become commonplace as social networks continue to make connections between what people are saying and what they are buying
  5. Online Security – protection from viruses, identity theft, and other intrusions from potential threats
  6. Augmented Reality – a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view
  7. The Mobile Sharing Economy – The sharing economy is driven by peer-to-peer exchanges of goods and services that reduce prices across the board for everyone, and it’s a perfect playground for mobile app developers. Think Uber, Airbnb.
  8. Semi-Flat Design – a new design aesthetic embodied by minimalism
  9. Virtual Reality – a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person
  10. Translation in Real Time – technology that translates foreign languages in real time

A recent article in the January/February issue of eSchool News, 10 soon-to-be-huge trends in ed tech, provides the following list of technology innovations to watch in 2015:

  1. Massive Open Social Learning – Online interactions, productive discussions and shared projects with thousands of people
  2. Learning Design Informed by Analytics – The use of learning design tools to shift the attention from content to learners’ needs
  3. Flipped Classroom – Moves direct instruction into learners’ space through video lectures
  4. BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
  5. Learning to learn – Problem solving to reach a goal followed by reflection on the process
  6. Dynamic assessment – Assessment and intervention with focus on student
  7. Event based learning – Time based projects and crafts
  8. Learning through storytelling – Creating a narrative helps learners embed and revisit their learning
  9. Threshold concepts – Thinking about problems or subjects  in a new way, from a different perspective
  10. Bricolage – Learning through tinkering with materials, using tools and theories to generate new insights

What trends do you look to see in 2015?

eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015
Courtesy of: TalentLMS

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