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Emerging LMS Trends and Projections

Continuing from yesterday’s post, here are some additional current global LMS market trends.LMS
Skills-based assessments. All LMS systems should now implement skills-based assessments, where learners’ skills are consistently assessed before, during, and after their courses or modules.
Such assessments ensure that each individual learner is encountering the appropriate learning content at the appropriate level and that he or she has genuinely learned the requisite skills once he or she has completed a course or module.
Deep learning. In 2018 and beyond, your LMS must implement personalized learning (also known as “deep learning”). It should be automated and chart out personalized learning paths for each of your learners, ensuring that each learner is only encountering learning content that is relevant to his or her learning path and at the appropriate times. This also means that your LMS now needs xAPI capabilities.
Read “6 Adaptive Learning Features You Need Your LMS to Have” for more information.
Built-in authoring tools. While built-in authoring tools have been around for a while now, they are still critical to any robust LMS. Training and L&D professionals should be able to create and develop courses and learning content inside their LMSs without having to upload much if any outside content.
You can also expect to see a higher number of third-party vendors offering learning content authoring tools; if you use one, make sure that it’s compatible and easy to use alongside your own LMS.
Always-synced apps. As more employees begin to access learning materials on their mobile devices, they’ll need to access learning content offline at times when their mobile devices don’t have a strong Internet connection.
Make sure your learners are still able to access and engage with LMS learning content, even when they’re not connected to the Internet. And make sure that their LMS activity is consistently updated in your cloud-based systems once they do have an Internet connection again.

Emerging LMS Trends and Projections

The global LMS market will reach every developed nation within the next few years and will be worth $18.44 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 15.52% between 2017 and 2025. Yes, in less than a decade, the global LMS market is expected to more than double in size.
The global LMS market will include products for administration, communication and collaboration, content management, learner management, performance management, talent management, online courses, assessment and testing, mobile and social learning, and more. And emerging LMS trends include:

  • LMS ecosystems with online marketplaces for courses, mobile learning apps, and other integrations
  • LMS with video support and chatbots
  • LMS with sales-enablement platforms
  • LMS with knowledge reinforcement tools
  • LMS being used as a performance support tool

Bottom line, if you want your LMS to consistently yield a high ROI and remain effective for your organization, keep the trends and projections listed above and in yesterday’s post in mind.