2023 Instructional Design Trends
The world of instructional design changes rapidly, and it will continue to evolve during the coming year. As a result, organizations need to learn about what’s on the horizon, giving them the ability to adapt to the changing landscape. Specific shifts are poised to make a big difference during the new year. If you want to stay on the cutting edge, here’s a look at the 2023 instructional design trends that should be on your radar.

Greater Use of Learning Analytics

Since ensuring an excellent return on investment (ROI) is challenging in the context of training, finding opportunities to measure the success of learning programs is increasingly a priority. Learning analytics allow companies to measure the effectiveness of their training by assessing learner performance. By harnessing data, organizations are empowered to adjust their strategies to achieve better results. It’s possible to identify shortcomings that need correcting without having to examine outcomes manually. Plus, the information is increasingly delivered in highly digestible formats, such as data visualizations.

Immersive Learning Becomes More Common

Technically, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have been part of the landscape for years. While their potential within the instructional design space was known during the early days, VR and AR weren’t highly accessible until recently. Today, organizations can get highly capable VR and AR technologies at reasonably affordable prices. Additionally, creating training that makes use of VR and AR is increasingly possible as more people develop the needed skills. As a result, immersive learning is becoming far more common, and the rate it’s used will increase during the upcoming year.

Rise of the Lifelong Learning Mentality

Previously, learning was largely relegated to traditional educational paradigms, such as earning a college degree. However, with the rapid pace at which technology evolves and industries shift, that approach leaves professionals with potentially antiquated skill sets, making them less effective in their roles long-term. As a result, one instructional design trend that remains relevant in 2023 is maintaining a lifelong learning mentality. Organizations recognize that skills become outdated over time, so ongoing learning and development (L&D) is essential for cultivating a suitably capable workforce.

Shifting Toward Nano Learning

Microlearning has been a trend for several years, and that will continue into 2023. However, nano learning is rising in popularity, and that trend may outpace the current drive toward microlearning. With nano learning, the goal is to keep the length of modules under two minutes. As a result, the content is highly focused, typically concentrating on a single knowledge point or skill. That makes the approach for quick delivery of critical information and keeps the content accessible and convenient for learners.

Do You Need L&D Professionals to Help You Keep Pace with Instructional Design Trends in 2023?

At Clarity, we have 30 years of experience in L&D, giving us the knowledge and expertise to assist organizations that want to stay ahead of instructional design trends in 2023. Plus, if you’re trying to expand your internal L&D team, Clarity can be your candidate search ally, connecting you with top talent right when you need them. If you want to partner with leading L&D professionals, Clarity Consultants is here. Contact us today.    

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