Posted 28 January 2016

Education website trends 2016: Alternative learning spaces, personalisation and VLE’s

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Stuart Gonsal founded Wolf in 2014. He presents extensively to industry groups and is on the Advisory Committee for Swinburne University’s Masters of Commerce (International Business).

The term eLearning was first introduced in October of 1999 at a CBT systems seminar; CBT Systems at the time were the leading provider of computer based training for Microsoft end-users and IT professionals.

As we approach close to 20 years of eLearning, we can see that a lot has changed and will continue to so. How different will the eLearning space be in another 20 years?

Long before the internet launched, distance courses were being offered to provide students with education on particular subjects or skills.

Then came the internet, by the early 90s schools had been set up that delivered courses online only. Making the most of the internet and bringing education to people who wouldn’t previously have been able to attend a college.

Today virtual learning environments are thriving, with people being able to access a wealth of information and opportunities from anywhere. Alternative learning spaces, personalised learning experiences and virtual learning environment growth are three education website trends the Wolf team predict will push the boundaries in 2016.

Today virtual learning environments are thriving, with people being able to access a wealth of information and opportunities from anywhere. Alternative learning spaces, personalised learning experiences and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) growth are three education website trends the Wolf team predict will push the boundaries in 2016.

Alternative learning spaces

Where do you study from? The continuing expansion of eLearning on a global scale is astounding. Alternative learning spaces offer so much more than more than just learning by correspondence – online learning today adapts to your lifestyle. It’s possible for non-traditional Higher Education and University students such as adults in the workforce, to acquire new skills and improve short and long terms careers options.

It’s possible for non-traditional Higher Education and University students such as adults in the workforce, to acquire new skills and improve short and long terms careers options.

Cloud learning experiences let students learn the same course as on-campus University students, taught by the same academics. Students can watch lectures from a tablet while on-the-go, they can log in and contribute to discussions in forums.

Deakin University continues to increase the amount of accredited courses available online – 182 courses in 2015. Since starting the ‘Cloud Campus’ Deakin has recorded a massive 13,000 + and counting cloud graduates to date. The Cloud Campuses that Deakin and many other institutes offer, allow students to learn the material in their own time. Everything needed to this is available all the time.

We are seeing prospective University students with a larger pool than ever of alternative study options. We predict the ‘alternate learning space’ market will continue to grow significantly in 2016, with educational institutes increasing eLearning offering and introducing Cloud campuses if they haven’t already done so.

Personalised learning experiences

‘Personalisation’ is most definitely a buzz word. We continually see our clients add personalisation across a broad variety industries and businesses such as; Banking and Finance, Shopping, Health and, of course, Education.

Put simply, personalisation in eLearning is not straightforward. Traditionally, educational material is delivered in a linear order. Students have previously consumed information in the order that it is presented to them, week by week module by module. Personalised eLearning experiences allow students to absorb information following guidelines, with the flexibility to deviate – i.e. Create your learning path.

We are seeing more and more institutes introducing or enhancing personalization in eLearning. The vast majority of data that is available today about online student engagement and behaviour is doing wonderful things for tomorrow’s students.

In 2015, our client Ruyton Girls’ School introduced a ‘Build your own Prospectus’ for prospective students and their parents to tailor information about curriculum to the student’s strengths and preferences.

Build your own Prospectus  – Ruyton Girls’ School

Virtual Learning Environment growth

Over the last few years, we have seen web-based learning moves from conventional multimedia to a more interactive, immersive and stimulating environment. Most Schools and Universities now have a working Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), at the heart of their teaching and eLearning programmes.

There will always be the need for students to interact with teachers, as well as other students absorbing the same material as them. Virtual reality learning seeks not to replace the human connection, but instead to become an extension of the physical classroom.

We are predicting significant growth in Virtual Learning Environments, across organisations and institutions. Companies will continue to develop the professional development and training options for their employees via VLE instead of turning to external providers. Higher education providers will evolve existing VLE’s enhancing user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) principles, strategy and designs.

Successful & Innovative Education websites

People interact online across a range of devices and it’s vital your site can be nimble enough to perform at capacity on them all. Wolf can create education websites that can make the most of any platform.

Are you looking for a leading digital agency to develop a new website for your Education Institution? Get in touch with Wolf today for a free consultation.

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