With the rapid adoption of remote and online learning in recent years, developers are seeing several trends gaining traction when it comes to the systems that organizations and educational institutions use to deploy e-learning content, manage learner data, and track progress. 

From mobile-friendly e-learning to LXP integration, the most current trends need to be worked into your Learning Management Software (LMS) systems through software development to offer the most advanced products possible. 

Learning Management Systems (LMS) Trends for 2022:

1)      Mobile E-Learning

LMS content has traditionally been made for and accessed on desktop and laptop computers. Now that most people have access to smart mobile devices, a new opportunity for mobile-friendly e-learning has emerged.

Due to how common smartphone use is, LMSs that work on mobile devices are highly sought out. With the mobile e-learning market poised to continue expanding and generating huge amounts of revenue, more and more developers are trying to meet the needs of e-learning content creators looking to have their content published on mobile-friendly systems. Within the realm of mobile e-learning, a host of capabilities should be packaged into LMSs such as:

  • Social media platform integration: Learners can share earned training badges and achievements straight to their story or timeline, serving as a motivator to complete educational courses, onboarding processes, or corporate training programs.
  • Multi-platform accessibility: Multi-device designs that work seamlessly across platforms can be accessed from desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Mobile-friendly video playback: Features such as subtitles and total control over playback speed and audio allow users to make the most of watching training videos via their mobile devices.

Systems should not only be mobile-responsive, but mobile-first designed, to take advantage of the ever-growing reliance on mobile access.

While most developers begin with a web-based platform designed for desktops, creating mobile-first LMSs provides a richer experience through proper mobile scaling. The platform can still be accessed from a laptop or desktop computer, of course, but will stretch to fit the screen without diluting the content or the platform losing overall functionality.

2)      Learning Tools Interoperability

Technological specifications should be followed to the highest degree when it comes to any software system. For LMSs, this means complying with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) protocols to offer the highest integration capabilities possible. 

Aligning LMSs with industry-best security and high-value services allows for rich integration between systems and valuable learning tools. With LTI, secure exchange of information between LMSs and external learning tools is enabled to facilitate external tool access. Other features and benefits include:

  • Single sign-on: The information exchanged between the LMS and external tools includes specific course information and individual user identity. Learners can seamlessly access and navigate learning tools from the host LMS without having to log in to each tool individually. With a single sign-on portal, the ease of access significantly increased.
  • Outcome data exchange: Data and analytics related to learning outcomes are returned to the LMS from the various learning tools APIs to provide greater insights on content effectiveness. 
  • Increased e-learning platform responsiveness: Institutions and organizations deploying e-learning content are imparted with systems that easily accommodate various learning tools, digital content, and applications that can be integrated into the LMS for deployment across vendor platforms. 

Through LTI-compliant APIs, external tools can also securely send information or feedback back to your LMS. The LMS then is not only the content host but also the central point of access to whatever external tools or resources educators and corporate trainers want their learners to interact with.

3)      Learning Experience Program (LXP)

To better aid with differing learning paces, LMSs are experiencing a transformation through the integration of Learning Experience Programs (LXP). 

By personalizing content and customizing the pace to match the speed at which the user learns, corporate training material, in particular, can be tailored to better fit each learners’ needs. LMSs developed with the user in mind should include this powerful aggregation tool to offer their users software that provides:

  • Personalized learning mode paces: Paces can be adjusted by system administrators to fit the needs of individual learners.
  • Open platform access control: Open platform access control solutions enable the monitoring of various systems through a common interface.
  • Learner-centric content management: Leveraging data regarding past training milestones allows instructors to build system-assisted learner-centric content.  
  • Intuitive User Interfaces (UI): Intuitive User Interfaces allow multiple operators to utilize systems with ease.

Through predictive analytics, LXPs can curate an informed selection of course materials for the trainee. LXP analytics consolidate individual users’ learning data for the generation of dashboards and reports that relay usage trends to administrators to help with overall decision-making regarding learning content.

Riding the E-Learning Wave with Robust LMSs

With a majority of companies and organizations globally planning to adopt e-learning for education and training, only providers of the best management systems will be able to take advantage of the e-learning gold rush. 

E-learning systems should conform to the standards set by Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), Aviation Industry Computer-based training Committee (AICC), xAPI CMI-5, IMS Common Cartridge (IMS CC), and LTI, to publish e-learning content across mobile, desktop, and cloud-based platforms. This is why custom LMS development is so critically important for your systems, especially if you want to integrate said systems with an Enterprise Learning Management System or a Learning Content Management System (LCMS).

Software systems developed with the most contemporary technological standards in mind will be able to take advantage of the latest tech trends to integrate with various tools and enable the enhanced performance that LMS users need. And leveraging these trends to ensure the highest level of functionality is the ultimate evidence that your system is a worthwhile investment for your clients’ e-learning needs.

Author

Vice President of Sales for Education Technologies William Dawsey is Vice President of sales for Online Education Technologies at Chetu, a global provider of world-class software development solutions. William has nearly a decade of experience in online education software development. https://www.chetu.com/e-learning.php

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