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18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Welcome to our 4th annual LMS and learning systems “Trends” post! What is a trend, anyway? And how much do trends matter? As fiercely independent learning technology analysts, we think a trend isn’t just a fleeting idea that comes and goes like fashion, or a social media hashtag. A trend should matter to any buyer, seller or user of learning technology who wants to make ongoing, intelligent and informed choices. How We Define Trends.

Meaningful Change for L&D in 2018 – According to the Experts


Many writers start their year by exploring the big trends that will dominate the conversation for the next 12 months. Trends can certainly show us what’s coming down the pike for our profession, but they don’t always align to where you are as an organization and as a professional. Now, let’s take a look at what they had to say about how L&D can take a meaningful step forward in 2018. Learning Trends

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eLearning Trends And Predictions For 2018

Adobe Captivate

This article draws pointers from my eBook on the same subject, and I have created it as a short, ready reckoner on eLearning trends and predictions for 2018. What Are The eLearning Trends And Predictions For 2018? For ease of applicability, I have banded various trends and predictions in 2018 into 3 tracks: What will continue to offer value. Grab your copy of free eBook eLearning Trends and Predictions for 2018 from here.

The 2018 eLearning Trends You Can Expect To See & What You Need To Know


On that note, below is what we think are the Top Trends in the eLearning Industry for 2018, which might also be our plan for total market domination, depending on how you look at it. An eLearning Industry Market Analysis. Training Magazine releases its annual State of the Industry Report every spring, which gives us statistics from the previous year and forecasts trends based on those figures. In 2018, outsourcing budgets are expected to remain flat.

Which Learning Content Trends Matter Most to You?

Talented Learning

In 2018, learners of all types have options – lots of options – to buy and consume learning. I’ll discuss preliminary statistics at the August 22nd webinar , but we’ll keep the poll open until November 30th, so we can include more responses in our annual trends analysis next January. Build vs. Buy Analysis. Learning Content Trends: Defining Key Terms. 12) xAPI. xAPI (and its forerunner, TinCan API) have been popular buzzwords for years.

2019 eLearning Predictions – Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

Around New Year’s Day each year, we issue our predictions for the top eLearning trends of the coming year. We’ve based our predictions on analysis of over 2.3 As mentioned above, we based our analysis on over 2.3 million words drawn from that epicenter of all buzz in 2018, Twitter. The max hype was the maximum proportion of eLearning influencers who tweeted about the term during any month in 2018. Microlearning had a rought 2018.

eLearning Hype Curve: Our Predictions for 2019

Web Courseworks

Around New Year’s Day each year, we issue our predictions for the top eLearning trends of the coming year. We’ve based our predictions on analysis of over 2.3 As mentioned above, we based our analysis on over 2.3 million words drawn from that epicenter of all buzz in 2018, Twitter. The max hype was the maximum proportion of eLearning influencers who tweeted about the term during any month in 2018. Microlearning had a rought 2018.

The What, How and Why of xAPI in Corporate Learning


who serves as the Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative, aptly put it ‘xAPI helps us put the puzzle together’. But What is xAPI Really? To truly understand Experience API or xAPI, we need to first talk of Shareable Content Object Reference Model(SCORM) – the popular protocol that allows learning systems to speak with each other. So, in 2013, the developers of SCORM released xAPI (also known as Tin Can). How Does xAPI Work?



It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. Yet, due to high speed of business needs, most requesters are not interested in or care about conducting a thorough and proper analysis of the training need.

Learning Analytics: Big Demand, But Bigger Challenges?

Talented Learning

Learning Analytics: Top of The “Hot” Trend List. For example, in 2018, nearly half of 100 global learning professionals told the Corporate Learning Network that their analytics budget was less than $10,000.

Learning System Forecasts 2019

eLearning 24-7

Who would have thought that too many folks still think xAPI is open for debate, but CMI-5 seems to make sense? I do not know if it will be by the end of 2018 or by Q2 of 2019, but when they launch, besides the big whoopla that comes with it, they will do damage. Not the majority mind you, but enough to see a trend – that they realize this is of value. 2018 is in its final legs. Can you believe it? We are just five months out to 2019. and Trend Lines

eLearning 24-7

10, 2018 (morning). eLogic Learning (#1 2018), Growth Engineering (#3 of 2018) , Unicorn LMS (#4), CrossKnowledge (#5), SumTotal (#9) Learn, Cornerstone Learning Suite (#10). Schoox, NetDimensions, OnPoint Digital, GyrusAim Learning Cloud, Melon LMS, MATRIX (Top50 2018), elasticLearning, glo-enterprise (Top20 2018), Agylia (Top20 2018), LearnUpon (Top20 2018). SCORM 2004 3rd edition, xAPI). What the Trends are saying. Rise of xAPI.

LEP/LXP RFP Template

eLearning 24-7

One area I am seeing trend wise are learning environment and administrative features starting to mimic LMSs (not 100% in some cases, but pretty close). . Course standards are course standards, and yes, you have the option to select CMI-5 and xAPI. xAPI as my top three. System includes “Trending or Most Popular” Courses. The only way to be successful in skill gap analysis is to base it on your employees and/or customers.

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Essential LMS Integrations You Need for Better eLearning


Through social media integrations via your LMS, you’ll be presented with new opportunities and the ability to network, identify trends, and formulate a social media strategy. An LRS is an essential element of any xAPI environment. How the integration works: An LRS works with xAPI to collect, store and retrieve data on a diverse range of learning experiences. Why you should integrate: A n LRS gives you more options for reporting on and crunching, that xAPI data.

Yay for our clients who are Fosway’s 9-Grid winners

Rustici Software

9-Grid is a five dimensional market analysis model that is used to understand the relative position of solutions and providers in the learning and talent systems market. Future Trajectory – the impact of trends in the market, related to a vendor’s Performance and Potential. Talent Management : one of the Core Challengers on the grid uses SCORM Engine to help with their xAPI and SCORM needs.


The ultimate authoring tool buyer’s guide


SWOT up – carry out a SWOT analysis on your authoring team. Is it xAPI enabled? Does it require downloading and manual manipulation of data to grasp trends? Choosing an elearning authoring tool isn’t easy and it takes more than a free trial. With each tool offering a wide range of features, workflows and support packages, it’s key you find the right fit for all your stakeholders’ needs, now and two years down the line.

Experience Matters: MOOC Round Up

HT2 Labs

The MOOC’s first in-depth discussion looked to the future, with learners suggesting their top predictions for industry trends they expect to see emerging in the next 12-18 months. As reflected with numerous mentions in both the article and comments, xAPI is leading the charge in powering these hotly-tipped trends (but you knew that, right?). One of the more exciting discussion points in this level was the potential surrounding Semantic Analysis.

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Looking for an LMS at #ATD2018

eLearning 24-7

The latest trend and it is a hot one is showing off a slick UI, with in the latest cases gives off an “NetFlix” like appearance. Another hot trend, early forecasted by the way, is data visualization. From there I can deduce that this is your area to focus upon, knowing you are seeking that information and repeating at it – a key in skill gap analysis by the way. Do you have xAPI? “Hey floor, do you have xAPI?”

State of the E-Learning Industry 2019

eLearning 24-7

What I have seen so far (covers 2018 into the first week of 2019). SaaS authoring tools, trying to become hybrid Lite LMSs (a return of a trend I totally disliked back in 2010-2014). And even worse, there are tools that continue to have problems with xAPI, even SCORM, or some other items and when the customer inquires for help, the tool tells them it is the fault of the learning system, when uh, no, it is your product. Big uptick in 2018, huge growth.

Here’s the latest thinking on measurement, analytics and reporting

CLO Magazine

First, the International Organization for Standardization published the first-ever “Human Capital Reporting Standards” in December 2018. In addition, machine learning is now being applied to the analysis of open-ended questions in the post-event or follow-up surveys to summarize the results.

Top 10 LXPs for 2019-2020

eLearning 24-7

For the LXPs of 2019, the post was in late 2018. . The rankings is based on analysis. The one downer to the entire system, and one I have repeatedly told them is a bad idea, is that it is only xAPI for content. The power to me is what you can do with videos, but if you have content built in any 3rd party authoring tool that accepts all the course standards including xAPI. Vacillation.