Online Learning Trends for 2022

What are the key Online Learning Trends for 2022 and beyond?

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How we work and learn has changed dramatically over the past 2 years, predominantly driven by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Online learning had already seen significant growth prior to 2020.  The requirement to work and train remotely during the pandemic has acted as a catalyst to accelerate this development.

As we begin 2022, the following is an interesting statistic to consider:  Online learning requires 40-60% less time compared to traditional face-to-face classroom session (Source: Think Impact)

Upskilling and reskilling has always been important, but now even more so, to help businesses adapt to changing processes and structures in the workplace.  The following are a number of the online learning trends that are likely to influence both individuals and organisations in the coming months and beyond.

Mobile Learning

Allowing the trainee to access training material through mobile learning allows them the flexibility of learning at a time, location and pace that suits their individual circumstances. It also increases their engagement levels.

The increasing use of mobile devices has presented benefits for both individuals and organisations with 67% of organizations reporting that they offer mobile learning.

99% of mobile users believe that mobile learning enhances their experience and this has facilitated the growth of Mobile Learning.

Micro Learning

In conjunction with the upsurge in Mobile Learning, Micro Learning is another trend to monitor in 2022 and beyond.

Delivering short bite-sized content in the form of text, videos or animation, is an ideal way to provide the trainees with learning material that they can access whenever they want.

Employees often have time restraints in relation to working on their personal development and in these situations it is not feasible for them to consume extensive content.

Video Based Learning

The use of video facilitates the trainee by tapping into reducing attention spans.  It improves retention rates of the information shared and is a more interactive and captivating delivery method.  Individuals prefer to view videos such as how-to videos, explainers and interviews instead of processing a lot of written information.  Processing of visual imagery is much faster than text itself.

It is an excellent medium to use to explain complex concepts.  The complex elements can be broken down and outlined visually and interactively with a combination of imagery, text, animation and voice-over.

Personalised Learning with AI

A data driven approach to learning is utilised to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI).  This provides customised content based on each student’s current knowledge and performance.  The trainees seek content that allows them to follow a personalised learning path; where they have access to the most appropriate content at the right time.

These personalised training programs can focus on the individual’s strengths and also identify certain areas for improvement, which will allow for the development of further programs.


How can storytelling be used in online learning?  Case studies or scenarios can help to convey the important message(s) you wish to share and it is important to ensure that they are relevant and relatable.

To create a memorable story, focus on characters and situations that the audience are familiar with and make use of audio visual resources such as videos and infographics.  Using consistent imagery, tone and colours will reinforce your e-learning message.


Workplaces are continually evolving and in particular with the adaptation of hybrid working situations and virtual teams.

It is anticipated that virtual training will continue to grow in 2022 and one of the significant advantages is that it can be used to improve audience engagement.

Opportunities should arise to allow employees / trainees to avail of continuous learning in ways that are most suitable for them.

Related Topic:  Benefits of using Video for learning and development 

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