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How the Future of E-Learning Looks Like Online Shopping

Posted by Area9 on Feb 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When you log on to an online retailer, like Amazon, one of the first things you’ll see are recommendations for future purchases. If you purchased a certain brand of stroller, Amazon might suggest you take a look at the brand’s car seats, as well. Online retailers keep track of what you bought so that they know what you might like in the future, providing a more personalized shopping experience in the process. And no surprise - customers love this feature because it shortens the time it takes them to shop, and helps them shop more effectively.

Training Industry argues the future of e-learning should look a lot like online shopping because the level of personalization found there is something Learning and Development should strive for. But the truth is the future of e-learning is already upon us. It’s already possible to provide that level of personalization. If that level of personalization is a key component to Amazon’s online success, what could it do for your company’s corporate e-learning?

Adaptive Learning Is the Future of E-Learning

Adaptive Learning provides learning experiences personalized to each learner creating a personal learning experience much like the personal shopping experience online shoppers receive.

Online retailers track your shopping habits, your likes and dislikes, and make further shopping recommendations based on past experiences. Based on your previous behavior, Adaptive Learning is able to predict what you need to learn in the future.

Much like Amazon becomes a personal shopper, Adaptive Learning is like your personal tutor.

Why Is Personalization the Key to the Future?


Learning and Development must embrace a personalized learning experience for their employees because:

  • Personalization removes the stigma of one-size-fits-all (or what many like to call one-size-fits-none) e-learning;
  • Personalized learning optimizes training time; when learners only learn what they need to learn, they don’t waste time on the learning content they’ve already mastered.

If you’re ready to embrace the future of e-learning in the present, take this opportunity to learn more about Adaptive Learning and how it can fix your training-at-scale problems with this ebook.

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Topics: Adaptive Learning