As we move into the last month of 2010 many are reflecting the best the year had to offer and shifting their focus on what’s next for 2011. As I sit and read the news this week, I am overwhelmed by predictions and forecasts of emerging trends and impending changes in technology. Will apps continue to gain colossal momentum? What will the newest social networking platform look like? Who will top Forbes lists of the richest people and most successful companies next year?
There is no doubt in my mind that the exponential growth of technology is changing the way we interact as individuals and in business. From a learning perspective, advances in the way we teach and learn are creating huge opportunities around the world.
Social learning is a term I hear more often than not in the Education and eLearning industry. The presence of social networks and the use of similar concepts in education are making learning more fun, interactive and accessible. Gone are the days when you had to make an appointment to seek extra help from your professor. Today’s learners can simply log on to the social media platform of choice, and get all the advice and guidance they need. People around the world are learning to rely on each other for information and I am constantly surprised of how resourceful people have come when it comes to learning online.
Mobile technologies are making learning more accessible than ever before. Students can learn anything, anywhere at any time. The emergence of iPhones, iPads and the concept of mLearning are making learning available on the train, plane, metro, in the office waiting room or in the comfort of your favorite chair at home. The convenience of mobile learning provides opportunities for people who may not otherwise have the time or finances to improve their skills or update their credits. Stay at home moms, busy CEO’s, students looking to fast-track through school or simply an individual who can’t make it to a traditional classroom three times a week are all benefiting from the ease and sophistication of mobile apps for learning.
And aside from hearing about the latest gadgets and gizmos out there to make your life more entertaining, easier, and efficient, there is a lot of buzz about how to make your life and your business more “green”. New trends in technology and certainly in the world of learning are beginning to shift their focus on how to deliver the best services with the smallest environmental impact. eLearning is a great example of how people can gain access to the content and curriculum they need without leaving a large carbon footprint.
So as we say goodbye to 2010 and potentially some of the “old” technologies we have come to know from this decade, there is a lot we have to look forward to. iPal is excited to be part of such an exciting and fast-paced evolution of technology and learning. We are constantly growing and looking for ways to improve our eLearning solutions – constantly adapting to the emergence of global technology trends in order to provide the best product out there today.
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