The eLearning forecast for 2013

Here we take stock and reflect upon the main predictions and trends shared at, what is probably Europe’s most exciting show for eLearning – Learning Technologies. Apps, videos, HTML 5, learning analytics and curation were just a few of the common eLearning trends that will be recurring throughout 2013.

mLearning and Apps

With so much talk about mobile learning in 2012, it looked set to make a real impact in the way that eLearning was delivered, but many organisations have been slow to uptake mobile learning on a large-scale. Having said that, mlearning is starting to come into its own and will inevitably increase as more people pursue to use personal devices to learn.

According to ABI Research, 36 billion apps were downloaded in 2012, and 136 billion will be downloaded by 2017.  This will certainly give some food for thought amongst L&D professionals.

Gavin Woods and Barry Kelly from Aurion Learning at Learning Technologies 2013 exhibition, Olympia 2 London.

Gavin Woods and Barry Kelly from Aurion Learning at Learning Technologies 2013 exhibition, Olympia 2 London.


As eLearning takes an advanced move into the mobile scene, it is likely that HTML5 will be on the forefront of eLearning. L&D professionals will be looking for easy to use templates that create efficiency and compliment the classroom based learning activities.


It is estimated that eight hours of new video content is uploaded to YouTube every minute. Visually persuasive and easily consumed, video was making waves in 2012 and looks set to continue throughout the year. It is likely that we will be seeing a surge in video usage as organisations embed their learning content into web courses, You Tube and learning databases.

Learning analytics

Measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners will be high on the agenda of L&D professionals this year. Effectively gathering data on usage on what learners are doing will make learning more usable and demonstrate learning efficiency and success easier.


The amount of digital information available is said to double every 18 to 24 months. As a result, of this “digital noise”, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the right information and apply this to the needs of learners. Not necessarily a new revolutionary concept, curation will however have an increased role this year as it will help learners cut through the noise to get the information they need. Curation will enable providers to respond quicker to learning needs by creating new programmes with existing resource.

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