5 trends leading to the end of the Learning Management System
Amsterdam, February 3, 2014 – Easygenerator CEO and eLearning veteran Kasper Spiro shares his vision of the future of eLearning and learning. Kasper predicts learners will take control of their learning, proactively searching for information when they need it. Learners will also begin to create their own content using smart devices and apps. These developments together with the arrival of TinCan will lead to the downfall of the corporate Learning Management System (LMS).
1. The Learner Takes Control
Learners are beginning to manage their personal and professional development more and more. As learning becomes more pull by the learner, than push by the learning department, the type of content, the planning, the control and even the development method (from ADDIE to agile) will change.
2. Personalized (Adaptive) Learning
Today we are all used to personalized information, and learners will also begin to expect this from learning content. Adaptive learning responds to this demand. Personalized learning is the future – it will be the end of one-size fits all learning tools. Tin Can allows people to track and trace their learning results and experiences in their own personal Learning Record store (the TinCan tracking and tracing system). These will evolve into personal portfolios, making learners even more independent from the corporate learning department.
3. Anywhere, Anytime and Any Device
Thanks to mobile technologies learning is becoming anytime and anywhere. the Bring Your Own Device trend will drive this development along with TinCan (Xperience API) adding to this trend. Learners will not only take control of the learning itself but also when, where and how they learn.
The overall trend of a more independent learner will require the learning department to adapt to a new role. Authors and course designers will become more of a curator. This role will assist the learner in Internet searches by filtering out relevant content that ties to individual needs and curating it.
5. Specialized Learning Material
Large amounts of general information are readily available on the web. There is a need for added value over the ‘generic’ content on the web Content produced by the learning organization will need to build context around it that relates to specific job functions or organizational needs. Many people predict that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will have a big impact on universities. I believe they will have a major impact on corporate learning by providing access to general content and information.
These trends will affect the learning organization and the learning software it uses. Kasper Spiro elaborates, “Learning organizations need to make a shift from planning and control to facilitating the individual learner. The current Learning Management Systems are mostly about managing and not about learning. If the learner needs any Learning system in the future it will be a system facilitating his personal development. I predict the LMS, as we know it, will be dead in five years. There might be a chance of survival for the systems that will address the developing eLearning trends. However, I believe the future is mostly in new solutions and not in the current leading Learning Management Systems.”
Read the full article Kasper wrote about the 5 trends here.