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Top 6 E-Learning Trends in 2017

Top 6 E-Learning Trends in 2017

Learning through the electronic media is not new but the heights to which it is reaching each day is. The number of people and companies that are using Internet-based learning is increasing each day. Having a particularly fixed skillset is no longer the only requirement for jobs; companies out there look for employees who can learn new skills with time through such e-sources which would give them the required knowledge.

Every year people see a new trend in the field of e-learning, and today we are going to have a look at some of these along with some existing ones in our list of top e-learning trends in 2017.

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1. Mobile Learning

Mobile learning has been there since a year or two, and it doesn’t look like the users of it are going to decline. The number of smartphone users is increasing day by day, and with it, the chances of people turning into e-learners are increasing too. Companies are also looking into this aspect of learning as a tool for employees to develop their intelligence.

Learning through mobiles is accessible anytime and can be used anywhere. People nowadays are with their hands almost every time, so you can expect that to gather some learning out of it. There are various apps on different mobile platforms to attract learners to use their source of education by various web-based teaching resources.

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Dr. Neeta Bhushan, the author of Emotional GRIT, says in her book that emotional intelligence comes from a new culture of human leadership within and beyond the workforce and it is all about building a more heart-centered, compassionate environment in companies, communities, schools and families; that way people can master their inner-self and positively impact the world around them.

2. Virtual Reality

Virtual reality might bring the e-learning a level up from where it is now. Introducing this concept among the e-learners will be new and will provide them a more interactive environment to learn from. The devices are readily available and work perfectly with smartphones and other devices too. The real life like experience might make it popular among the learning community.

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3. YouTube

It is the most used source for e-learners, and it is free. There is a wide variety of lectures from professionals to beginners over YouTube, and it is also the largest learning community on the planet. The YouTube lectures are watched widely over the world and the participation in the comment section is immense too. All the new online beginner teachers do consider YouTube as a channel of teaching, and this is where you can come across the lecture of your liking. There are various other premium services like Netflix that could help you take up paid courses online. You could find tricks to get Netflix free trial forever on the internet. So, what are you waiting for now?

4. Forum Based

Forum based learning is probably the oldest style of e-learning and not at all out of style. It’s a certainty, that during any learning, one may come across queries in their mind about what they learn. Forum based learning is just the right place to get the answers. People voluntarily respond to the questions posted and even the learners can answer other’s questions while being in the process of learning. Forums can also provide suggestions as to how to plan an education program or which learning program should be chosen.

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5. Big Data

Now that the internet has already seen millions of learners over the web, the trend of data collected from these huge number of users will come in handy to develop a system of learning. Following the patterns of previously existed learners, a learning plan can be generated based upon the level of the student which can be checked through various tests. That will lower down the need to look for every user separately every time during the learning process and provide a better general program for each learner.

6. Quick Learning

Learning community, looking for quick solutions while learning is growing each day. Studies prove that the most active period of studying is 20 minutes and concentrating isn’t easy more than that amount of time. Lectures between 5 to 20 minutes will be a common trend to see in the coming years. Having lectures of small intervals not only make it an effective teaching video but it also makes sure that a topic is given an ample time in this short video, unlike the long lectures where everything is comprised. These lectures are mainly focussing on one thing at a time.

So, these are the trends that you can expect to see in the year of 2017. The increase in the number of e-learners is a surety, especially by companies that are looking to teach some essential skills to their employees. Remember that you should always beware of scams, try just to visit trusted websites with researched information and avoid unsafe and unusual paying methods.

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10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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