The Digital Learning Trends 2023

Not everyone can or should expect to get rich as an online creator or influencer, but […] many more can earn substantial livelihoods from their creative production than they do today.

The e-learning industry is expected to be worth more than $460 billion by 2026. That’s a big pie that can be sliced into a lot of pieces. There’s more than enough room for (lots and lots and lots of) people like you who want to create a steady, sustainable, and scalable business — one that’s resistant to upstream factors (hello, never-ending algorithm tweaks and platform updates).

After all, time is the ultimate limited resource.

We’re in a golden era for e-learning — just look at the (many) headlines about Gen Z’s use of TikTok as a search engine. The last few years have turbocharged interest and participation, and there have never been more tools and assets available to creator educators. But the one resource we’re all lacking is time. As we return to pre-pandemic levels of activity, any time for learning we do have will have to be squeezed in around work, appointments, and commutes.

But just because our time is scarce doesn’t mean we don’t prioritize learning. That’s where microlearning comes in.

One big way creators are looking to build sustainable revenue is through digital learning products, which, along with books and podcasts, are expected to see the biggest year-overyear growth in creation.

By focusing on sharing knowledge and driving impact, creator educators build trusting, long-lasting relationships with their audiences. That kind of community is much more sustainable, and can be monetized over time.

Members will come for the content but stay for the community. In 2023, the dynamic is changing: they’ll come for your community, then pay for your content. Creators have clued into the idea that the secret sauce for selling content is to start by building community. That’s your first product, and your most valuable asset.

A strong community will foster more engaged followers and increased retention by providing students with the support (from you and from their peers) they need to tackle the highs and lows of growth.

Diversification can help creators future-proof their businesses while giving them more control of their content, offsetting losses and maximizing revenue. A little market research within your community can help identify opportunities to expand your offering. The good news is that as a creator who focuses on value generation over pure entertainment, you already engage with your community in a deeper way, meaning stickier loyalty (and you trade in your own ideas, knowledge and expertise, which are fairly immune from supply chain disruptions).

A course on a marketplace is just one in a sea of thousands, with a generic look and feel. “This makes it difficult to differentiate your course against every other course of the same type and it makes it difficult to differentiate your experience as the entrepreneur and the thought leader from the experience offered by the course marketplace.”

Learners are after singular solutions to specific challenges. And as we already established, your community is your most valuable asset. With course marketplaces, you often don’t have direct access to them. The marketplace also decides how often you can communicate with them, what you can promote or not, how much you can charge, and how long you have to wait to get paid.

With full control and access to your community, self-hosted courses are an investment in your personal brand.

Trend 1 - Microlearning

More likely to learn on Mobile 57%
People learn new things on TikTok, Instagram or Youtube 65%
People commit time each month to learn or study something new 80%

Trend 2 - Tides shift from creator entertainers to creator educators

Creators making digital content for education than for entertainment 50%
Creators planned on offering courses in 2022 60%

Trend 3 - Your community is your first and most important product

Creators are currently selling, or are planning to sell, an online community as a learning product 60%
More likely to buy a product if it’s recommended to them by a member of a community 53%
Gen Zs say that online community is very important to them 65%

Trend 4: Diversify, diversify, diversify - especially in hard economic times

People are considering pursuing additional income streams because of the economy 70%
Multiple income streams 45%
Top educational creators already offer multiple services and products 80%

Trend 5: Invest in personal branding — not crowded marketplaces

People are far more motivated by the course content 85%
than the platform it’s hosted on
Marketplaces can take up to 75% of the revenue from course sales 75%

System requirements for optimal experience

I’ve been working on a Storyline project to detect the user’s browser and make sure they meet the minimum system requirements to run the courses developed by our team.

I´m using javascript embedded in the course, but a future update will be to have it in the server so that we can update it more easily.  

We have tested it in our LMS and it works pretty flawlessly. Give it a try! Please check if it works on your side and feel free to post any feedback below.


How to Set Up SCORM Activities

In my many years of experience working with clients on support, I have repeatedly encountered administrators and course creators who are unaware of the importance of configuring the LMS to match the export settings of the SCORM package. This results in both completions being awarded prematurely and incorrect data being inserted into completion reports.

What Is SCORM, and How Do I Use It?

SCORM is a technical standard which allows learning content and learning management systems to communicate with one another. SCORM courses can be ‘played’ in any SCORM-compliant activity player, such as the Moodle™ SCORM Activity player. If you have a SCORM file and want to use it in your Moodle™ LMS, simply select it from within the activity chooser on your course page. 

Learning content is created in authoring tools such as GomoArticulate Rise, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, and more. Once the content creator has completed building the learning content and wants to import it into an LMS, they must export the content to the SCORM standard. Authoring Tools usually offer you the option to export to at least the SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 standards. Other options such as xAPI or AICC may also be offered. Moodle™ users should select SCORM 1.2 (Moodle™ doesn’t support SCORM 2004). 

Questions That Will Help You Understand Your SCORM Export

When I work with clients who use SCORM as one of the content types within their LMS, I encourage them to get a copy of the export settings from their content developers if they aren’t creating the content themselves. This will put them in the best position to be able to set up their SCORM activity correctly and get the most accurate interaction and completion reports possible. 

Here’s what to ask for (or take note of) when exporting SCORM from the authoring tool: 

  • Has this content been exported for use in an LMS?
    • Yes
    • No
  • If yes, what standard does the  export use?
    • SCORM 1.2
    • SCORM 2004
    • xAPI
    • AICC
  • How is completion tracked?
    • Slides Viewed
    • Quiz Result
  • What status is passed to the LMS?
    • Complete/Incomplete
    • Passed/Incomplete
    • Passed/Failed

Three Things to Consider When Uploading SCORM to Your LMS: 

  • The SCORM file is a .zip file. It contains an .imsmanifest.xml file and not an authoring file. You’ll be able to tell the difference, because the authoring file will often have a different file extension, like ‘.story’ or ‘.rise’.
  • The grading set up of your SCORM package depends on whether ‘Slides Viewed’ or ‘Quiz Result’ was selected. 
    • If ‘Slides Viewed’ was used, choose ‘Learning Objects’. The grade will be a value of or 1 where zero denotes ‘incomplete’ and one denotes ‘complete’. 
    • If ‘Quiz Result’ was used, choose ‘highest grade’‘average grade’ or ‘sum of grades’. Quiz Result records a point grade, for example 90/100.
    • Both of these scoring types are sent to the gradebook and form part of the overall course grade. 
  • When setting up activity completion you’ll most likely want the SCORM status to act as the key indicator for whether a user has or hasn’t met the completion criteria. As a failsafe, make sure to tick both ‘passed’ and ‘completed’ in the ‘required status’ section. This will ensure that whenever one of those statuses is passed via SCORM to the LMS, that it’ll be marked off correctly. 

Maintaining an accurate completion report requires that your LMS’ SCORM activity configuration aligns with the original export settings of the SCORM package. As long as the correct data is being sent from the SCORM package to the LMS, the SCORM reporting that you can see at the activity level will correctly align with both overall course progress and course completion status.

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