E-Learning has been on the rise for years. And it’s seen a significant push of growth. The growing trend can be linked to several factors.
For one, technology is getting easier to use. You don’t have to be tech-savvy to use PowerPoint 2007–the software makes many features incredibly easy to use that, in prior versions, you may not have even know existed. Also, software such as TechSmith’s Camtasia and Adobe’s Captivate make screencasting (recording the picture on your monitor, which is essential for software demos and a whiz for recording PowerPoint slides), are affordable and accessible–and produce quick results that look great without much of a learning curve at all.
Another factor contributing to the rise in the popularity of e-learning is the influx of Generation Y into the workplace. Gen Y workers demand “real-time” learning. They want to know just the piece of the puzzle that solves their current riddle–they don’t want to read the whole book, just the chapter that pertains to their particular issue at that particular time. Additionally, Gen Y are a very generous generation. They love to share. On Facebook, they share their friends. On Twitter, they share their play-by-play daily adventures. On wikis and blogs, they share information, samples, and examples.