10 e-learning trends for 2022

Evie Schellens

E-learning has been a trend for a while now. Due to the pandemic, there was even a steep rise in online academies because in-class education was not possible. Technologies in e-learning grew along with this, which is why the number of new trends in online learning should not be surprising.

1. Live trainingen en webinars

Studying in a virtual classroom does not mean that you are unable to learn in real time. There are real time collaboration tools that allow you to efficiently transfer knowledge and answer questions at the same time. This format is really popular, and it is a great first step towards your own online academy. Without major investments you can test whether e-learning suits your organisation, and in which form it would work best.

2. Personalised training in e-learning

Personalisation is King in all fields of work, also in online training. It is one of the most important trends in e-learning for 2022. Collecting Big Data (collecting massive amounts of data) and its interpretations provide valuable information, which enable you to offer your employees and students with personalised learning: unique, individually tailored learning processes.

3. Experience-based learning

The goal of experience-based learning is that the study material is personally meaningful or important to your employees. They need to feel personally involved. During the online training there is space and time to discuss personal experiences and thoughts, which makes your students not only intellectually involved, but also with their senses, feelings, and personality. It essentially is an evolution from e-learning to x-learning. ‘Learning by doing,’ for example by doing relevant practical assignments, is an important part of this. 

4. Importance of involvement keeps growing

We are going from the content-era to the engagement-era. The most important part of your online academy is the interaction with your users. You need to make sure they stay curious about their next challenge, and gamification can help with this. The more your users are involved, the better your communication with them is. And clear communication makes it easier to fulfil your users’ needs.

5. Mobile learning as element of your online academy

Smartphones are a major part of our daily lives. We rarely go out without them, and, unsurprisingly, mobile learning is a continuing trend. Making your online academy accessible via a well-organised app makes it easier for your users to learn when and wherever they want to.

6. Gamification in online learning

Teaching means simulating. That is why gamification is one of the most effective ways to motivate students and help them in their learning process. It is not necessarily about making educational content more ‘playful,’ but more about making your users feel like they want to continue. This can be done with extra challenges, exclusive content, and rankings that stimulate them to continue learning, even when they might feel a little less motivated. 

7. Social learning

Besides training courses, there should also be ‘informal’ learning possibilities for your users in your online academy. Networking, sharing, collaborating, and exchanging ideas to solve problems in discussion groups or on forums. We are all social beings and observational learning is in our DNA, social interactions are crucial for our development.

8. Analysing data in e-learning

Evaluating e-learning courses and analysing them provide you with important data, and they can help you adapt the setup of your training to your users’ needs. For example, it also enables you to look at the paths users take to go through the content, do they follow the steps you expected them to? Where do they get stuck? Are there visible improvements in the performances after the completion of the training? And how does the user rate their overall experience? The answers to these questions can help you offer the perfect study material to your users, that is tailored to their needs.

9. Virtual reality and artificial intelligence

Virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) have become super popular in e-learning. AI provides solutions for your online academy, for example the automatic translation of texts or live captions on spoken text. Besides that, AI has become more efficient in collecting data, which can be used to create personalised learning experiences for your users.


VR uses 360° photography, which makes users feel like they really are in a particular situation and engage in real interactions.

10. Data security within your platform

Companies collect more and more data from employees when they make use of an online academy. Complying with privacy laws and data security is extremely important. Business decision makers expect to be supplied with an LMS that contains functions that optimise data security.

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To conclude, previously mentioned trends continue to be important and present in 2022. Other trends are new. By following our blogs, you will always be aware of anything related to e-learning. Do you have questions about developments in the market, or are you curious about the possibilities Hubper can offer your organisation? Do not hesitate to contact us or request a demo to experience the possibilities of an online academy.