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4 Emerging Trends in Instructional Design

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Education is a continually evolving process. This means as educational requirements change and new technologies become available, instructional design trends emerge.  

Just like the previous years, 2019 will see both new and more prevalent approaches to instructional design, all with the goal of boosting engagement and meeting learners where they are

Here are the top four trends to watch out for this year:

Personalized Learning

Artificial intelligence is becoming more and more ingrained in our daily lives. From smart assistants like Siri and Alexa to Google’s smart replies and nudging reminders, from social media friend recommendations to personalized upselling and cross-selling when shopping online, personalization through AI is fast becoming the norm. 

In the field of education, adaptive learning through technology delivers customized learning experiences that address specific student needs through real-time feedback, the student’s knowledge level, performance, demographics, preferences, etc.

Blockquote: “Obtaining a doctoral degree will help me evaluate my current role as an educator and create an adaptive, unique learning experience through the use of evidence-based practices,” says Lynnette Jimenez, a current NCU student who is pursuing a Doctor of Education with a focus on E-Learning

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Video as a Learning Modality

With increasing smartphone usage and the growing popularity of social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, video as a learning vehicle is fast evolving. 

Unlike video materials of old in which viewers were made to watch boring, pre-recorded onboarding or safety training videos, modern trends such as microlearning, social learning, and storytelling are making today’s videos more engaging. Bite-sized, on-demand videos address immediate training needs, while live-streamed classes allow students from all over the world to contribute to the learning experience.

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Mobile Learning

The classroom is no longer limited to the four walls of a physical classroom. As more and more users flock to the internet for their learning needs, instructor-led virtual classrooms are significantly gaining ground. With mobile devices integrated into curriculums to push learning apps, networking activities, and even games, students can work together and stay engaged no matter where they’re located.

New Learning Realities

Augmented reality, virtual reality, and immersive experiences can significantly improve learning outcomes. 3D simulations allow students to better understand complex objects or concepts, while realistic learning simulators mimic real-world scenarios and learners can practice, such as in flight or driving simulations, without worrying about inflicting any damage.

Learning is an ongoing process, and as new technologies make their way into the market, instructional designers, teachers, and students must learn to quickly adapt to stay ahead of the curve. 

At Northcentral University’s School of Education, our mission is to prepare our students to become educational leaders through programs that translate the above trends into educational plans for the next generation of students. Call us at 866-776-0331 for any questions.