This post is provided by guest blogger, Mark Doty, graduate student University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program.
In an article by Danielle Hart (2018), several instructional design trends are highlighted as potential approaches for how to evolve your organization’s learning strategy. These trends include: making learning more personalized; meeting learners where they are;
new immersive experiences, including virtual and augmented reality; the inclusion of video in microlearning, social learning and storytelling; applying data science to learning; virtual led classroom training; an increased demand for creativity; and reimagining, redesigning, and redeploying existing training. The author concludes by summarizing how these trends will increasingly focus on tools and techniques which enables personalization for learners as the primary tactic for enhancing engagement.
If you are looking to understand the latest trends in instructional design, this article does an excellent job at identifying the most impactful topics currently gaining traction in the industry. I believe Hart (2018) correctly identifies the macro trend of learning personalization and individual curation. However, the author also cautions while these trends may be the current shiny object, they don’t exist in a vacuum and should only be considered when thoughtfully used in an overall “holistic” approach.
Hart, D. (2018). Instructional design trends and learning trends: the journey of learning. Retrieved from URL https://elearningindustry.com/2018-instructional-design-trends-learning-journey