eLearning trend #1: Innovating Education
Multiple studies indicate that U.S. students are falling behind other countries like South Korea and China. Additionally, a recent Harvard Business School study surveyed over 10,000 Harvard alumni and revealed that 71% of the 10,000 former Harvard Business School alumni feel that America is losing its competitive edge. While there were many reasons as to why this nation is becoming less competitive, one prominent answer was education. Ann Shadwick, a retired NEA delegate in the recent Education International (EI) World Congress, put it best by saying, “We need to do some creative thinking, as a union, and take the initiative in developing 21st century standards and teaching in our colleges and universities.”
One place to start is eLearning.
2012 eLearning trends – You spoke, we listened
According to ASTD’s 2011 State of the Industry Report, organizations are investing more in learning and development per employee than ever before and businesses plan on "increased use of technology to design, deliver and manage learning and development".
This report highlights a fact we practitioners already know: eLearning is becoming a more critical component to how we educate and train in this country. But eLearning encompasses a broad scope –everything from web applications to social media to mobile learning fits in the "eLearning" bucket. That's why we wanted to know what you – our partners and friends in the industry – see as the most prominent eLearning trends on the horizon for 2012.
We asked our followers on Twitter and LinkedIn to tell us "What important changes and trends in eLearning can we expect in 2012"? After combing through your answers, consulting annual reviews from associations like ASTD, and evaluating the latest findings and articles that have been published about eLearning, we have landed on the top trends and changes we expect to see in 2012:
1. Innovating Education
2. eLearning that is conducive to adaptive learning environments
3. Go mobile
4. Gaming and eLearning unite
5. Integration of Social Learning
Stay tuned. Throughout the next 5 weeks we will give further explanation of each of these trends because, as the world of eLearning moves forward, it is imperative to stay on top of advancements and ensure that they are capitalizing on the benefits of new and innovative learning tools.
The Role Emotions Play in Learning... what’s love got to do with it?
It's Valentine's Day. Behind the heart shaped stickers, chocolates, and bouquets of roses lies the true reason today is celebrated: humans are emotional creatures. Now, we’re not just talking the mushy emotions that are commonly associated with Valentine's Day; we're talking about the higher level of emotional intelligence that humans possess. For example, humans are highly social creatures: we are receptive of one another's facial gestures and subliminal messages given through body language, and are one of the only species known to mourn the loss of a loved one. So whether you're a fan of Valentine's Day or not, you have to appreciate the role emotions play in every aspect of our day to day lives—including the way we learn. In fact, the role emotions play in learning is so great that we can actually use emotional intelligence to improve the performance, retention, and speed with which you, your students, or your employees learn.
The article "Human Abilities: Emotional Intelligence" published in the Annual Review of Psychology states that individuals that receive positive emotional feedback are generally more confident, are perceived more positively by others, and can maintain intimate and close relationships with others. In turn, these individuals have better physiological well being and have better achievement academically and in the work environment. So, even though as a boss or teacher you cannot control home life, by creating a positive learning environment the performance of your learners can skyrocket.
So pass out those valentines and generate those positive feelings, if not for the sake of St. Valentine, do it for the sake of learning.