In recent years, I have seen the e-learning industry evolve at an unprecedented rate. Let's take a look at two examples that exemplify these changes.
VitalSource, previously known as an e-textbook provider, now has a unique corporate-focused online learning platform called Intrepid Learn. According to the website, the platform is based on three beliefs:
1. The learner experience should come first
2. Online learning should be relevant and seamlessly connected to real work
3. Social and collaborative features must be fully integrated into the learning experience platform
If that sounds interesting to you, take a look at their introduction video.
Intrepid Learning is in its early stages, so we'll see how the product grows and evolves with time. It appears to not operate as a normal LMS, and does not integrate with SCORM. However, administrators and users seem to really like it, as you can read in product reviews on G2Crowd.
This is just one example of the growing trend towards blending eLearning development, LMS, social learning, micro learning, etc. into a more robust, combined offerings. Previously, there was much more siloing in both the online learning experience (from the learner's perspective) and the e-learning creation experience (from the perspective of the instructional designer, developer, and LMS administrator).
Let's give another example. Maestro is one of many e-learning content creation companies with a very broad product offering. Whereas a "typical" custom e-learning company might specialize in Storyline and Captivate development, Maestro offers a combination of the following services:
How have you seen the e-learning industry shifting? What can you do to continue to provide value in a world where the non-traditional e-learning experience platforms are becoming more traditional and atypical design agencies are becoming more typical?
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