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Many educational theories come and go faster than they can even be fully implemented. Instructors just begin to get their mind wrapped around a concept before it becomes old news. It seems that education is always in flux, and those in the field need to be ready to buckle up for the “next big thing” at a moment’s notice.
Every once in a while a theory comes along that really makes sense. It’s not just in theory, either. The application is so worthwhile that an instructor knows this one will be around for the long-haul.
This is the case with corporate elearning solutions. The value of employee training delivered in this manner is widely accepted and will only continue to expand as time goes on.
But corporate elearning didn’t just appear on its own. The precursor to what is currently happening in the corporate world was quite a bit different, and interestingly enough, was used mostly in schools.
The actual term “elearning” has only been in use since 1999 but the principles have been around for much, much longer.
Here’s a quick timeline of elearning, from its very beginnings up to what it is recognized as today.
Advances in technology continue to materialize at a rapid rate. While a boom in technology is a threat to some industries, the exact opposite is true for the elearning community. Better technology is equal to better elearning programs and improved systems. Progress in technology leads to progress for elearning in all its avenues, especially in the world of corporate training.
There is no doubt that even more innovations will come. As they do, corporations will continue to weed out the strategies that don’t work and retain the ones that do. Whatever theories and new ideas that come and go won’t have a significant negative effect on elearning because it has already proven its value.
The industry shows no signs of slowing down and the statistics for 2016 show that the market is expected to hit $2.8 billion.