Online learning providers visualize how this popular form of teaching and learning will look in 2015

trends-online-learning2014 saw the shift from MOOCs as the major player in online learning to more specified, insular and nuanced online courses that aimed to personalize the online learning experience for students through a variety of technologies. [Read this Learning Resolutions blog post.]

And as EdTech Magazine reports, two big-time players in the learning management system (LMS) industry recently announced  moves to the cloud with their products: Instructure is powering a new platform, Canvas Commons, with its cloud-based Canvas LMS; and a cloud-based version of Blackboard’s flagship LMS, Blackboard Learn, will soon offer a Software-as-a-Service model. Both of these technologies could soon affect online learning in a big way.

So as we enter a new year, can we expect to see the same kind of massive transformations in online learning? If so, what are some of the trends, technologies, and pedagogical innovations with the greatest potential to enhance this method of teaching and learning?

According to TalentLMS, a cloud-based LMS, there are 10 influential online learning trends the higher-ed community can expect to see in 2015. For example, corporate MOOCs are predicted to rapidly expand in 2015–do you think this will have any impact on higher education? And if so, how?

(Next page: 10 online learning trends infographic)

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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