Future of Learning – learning technology predictions for 2021-2022

The COVID-19 outbreak, which has forced millions of people to learn remotely, has given another push to educational technology and online education. Although, even before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the eLearning industry was hailed as the next necessary revolution in learning.

Future of Technology

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Research from Arizton shows that the global e-learning market was valued at $190 billion in 2020 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 14% during 2020-2025. The concept of e-learning has been out there for years – since 1999, to be precise.

Currently, there are an estimated 1,000 Learning Management System (LMS) providers. An LMS is a platform that enables individuals and groups to upload content that others can view and interact with, and MOOC is just an example of it.

As for trends of eLearning, here are some that will dominate in 2021-22:

  • Augmented reality (AR) that “enhances” physical objects with additional capabilities and qualities.
  • Virtual reality (VR) bridges the gap between theory and practice.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) models that apply algorithms to collect learner data.
  • Voice user interfaces (VUIs) allow learners to use a system with voice commands. This might aid learners in exploring facts, check spellings, and look up words or synonyms without too much interruption from the immediate task.
  • Online collaborative learning allows all participants to expose their ideas and create an interactive canvas of diverse feedback.
  • Interactive videos help students explore further resources apart from the video content with links and interactive objects appearing in the video.

Besides, it is expected that blockchain and big data will also impact the field of eLearning. As expected, Blockchain can help store innumerable units of information and data that can later be retrieved. While big data can help personalize every learner’s experience, this shall help students understand and grasp concepts better than ever before.

E-learning is a booming industry. Alongside rapid technological advancements and unprecedented circumstances, the shift to online learning may come sooner than we anticipated. This fast-paced plunge into technology means that e-learning trends are also rapidly changing. Here are some examples.


During live video lessons/courses and live tutoring calls, teachers can ask students directly about the topics that interest them or cause them difficulty. Following this, teachers can arrange the lesson such that it covers these areas. This allows for more effective, active learning. Storytelling, role-play, and real-life scenarios allow learners more interaction.

  • One minute of video content was found to be equal to about 1.8 million written words.


Lessons are getting shorter and shorter. University classes and school lessons are roughly 1 hour long, while online courses are 15-30 minutes long. These are becoming even shorter, with classes lasting about 5 minutes to facilitate bite-sized learning.

  • Content is developed 3x faster than traditional lessons, generating 50% more engagement.


Games are here to stay. Online tutors and teachers are beginning to introduce games to ensure that students enjoy learning and stay engaged. These include online quizzes, interactive videos, and gaming websites.

  • Gamification makes 82% of learners happier.

Artificial intelligence

With advancing technologies, virtual reality is slowly being introduced into online learning. Furthermore, although AI cannot fulfill the role of a teacher at present, this is certainly a possibility in the future.

  • AI will impact all the areas of education, from elementary school to high school and college.

With even elite universities like Georgetown and MIT seeing the writing on the wall, Massive Open Online Courses are set to explode in 2022.

Tin Can API
This majorly expands the sphere of trackable training and allows organizations to measure the results of a whole new host of offline learning activities.

Social Learning
According to a Bersin & Associates report, nearly half of large organizations purchase social platforms at the departmental level to learn about them and test their effectiveness.
In this virtual new normal, technology adoption is crucial to focus on making learning more adaptive to the technology trends. The organization needs to change the mindset of typical learning to a modern learning style using Instructional design principles.