The summer is over and that means that 2017 is starting to draw to a close. It’s already been a bumper year for technological advances with AI and VR becoming increasingly used to create more advanced learning experiences. 

Based on our experiences, we are going to take a closer look at five technology trends that have shaped the learning industry in the past year.

Learning Trends


The biggest change we have noticed is a surge in the usage of smartphones for consuming learning. Organisations need to be aware that a large percentage of learners will be logging on to their profiles. This new trend is impacting learning content with a new focus on interactive multimedia. One thing to note is that if you’re using flash media, you may want to test it on handheld devices. Responsive design is key for a user friendly learner experience – make sure you’re using up to date technology.


As with the surge in mobile usage for learning, learners now want bite sized content, for instance an assessment  they can engage with in a queue at an airport or a tutorial video they can watch while they commute. Our tip is when creating content make sure it’s short, relevant, contextualized, personalized and accessible on mobile devices.


Gamification has proved to be an excellent strategy for employee engagement, with a vast majority of learning and development professionals using gamification as a component of their digital learning strategy. Learners have spent significant time with learning materials that have used gamification techniques, thereby indicating that core principles of gaming have a big role to play in the world of learning. With these being early days, we expect the use of gamification in learning solutions to grow in the coming year.


This year has seen a huge rise in collaborative learning. This comes form the advancement in social learning platforms like Totara Social. Social learning enables smarter decision making and enhanced business outcomes. Businesses with Social Learning strategies are seeing a reduced need for in house formal training as peer to peer learning becomes more commonplace.


As discussed in previous blogs there is nothing that makes information stick more than learning in real world scenarios. With this in mind more and more businesses are using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to bring employees closer to real world, risk free workplace tasks. Although these measures may be expensive to implement, in the long term they will allow businesses to save on staff retention and compliance training.

The learning landscape is constantly changing to align with technological advancements. These five trends indicate the need for change with both content and technology in the learning space.

Change is inevitable. If you’d like to know how we can help your organisation with the latest learning trends call us on on +44 (0) 28 9042 2000 or email

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