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  • Writer's pictureTravis Jordan

Top 5 Trends of Learning Design for 2023

A Breakdown on How Chat GPT and Generative AI Have Disrupted Learning Design Trends

Chat GPT and Instructional Design


With the rapid emergence of AI technologies such as Chat GPT and generative AI this year, as well as global macro-economic conditions, the learning design landscape is changing fast. What was once solid ground, is shifting beneath our feet as we evolve in the industry and learn new ways of doing things. In this article, we will explore the top 5 trends of learning design for 2023 and how they will impact the way we design and deliver learning.

# 1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Learning

AI is one of the most disruptive technologies in the eLearning industry, as it enables personalized, adaptive, and intelligent learning experiences. AI-powered tools can provide learners with customized feedback, recommendations, and support based on their preferences, performance, and behavior. AI can also analyze data from various sources to generate insights and recommendations for learning design and improvement.

Some examples of AI applications in learning are:

  • Chatbots that provide 24/7 support and guidance to learners

  • Adaptive learning systems that adjust the content, pace, and difficulty of learning based on learners' progress and needs

  • Generative AI content creation tools such as Adobe Firefly that use natural language processing and generation to create engaging and relevant content

  • Assessment tools that use machine learning and computer vision to grade and evaluate learners' work

AI will continue to play a key role in learning design in 2023, as it will enable more personalized, efficient, and effective learning solutions.

# 2. Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) in Learning

VR and AR are technologies that create immersive and interactive learning environments by simulating or enhancing reality. VR allows learners to experience realistic scenarios and environments that are otherwise difficult or impossible to access, while AR overlays digital content on the real world to provide contextual and enhanced learning.

Some examples of VR/AR applications in learning are:

  • VR simulations that provide learners with hands-on practice and feedback in high-risk or complex situations

  • AR apps that provide learners with interactive guides and instructions for performing tasks or exploring objects

  • VR/AR games that provide learners with fun and engaging challenges and rewards

  • VR/AR social platforms that allow learners to collaborate and communicate with peers and instructors in virtual spaces

VR/AR will become more widely used in learning design in 2023, as they will provide more engaging, immersive, and interactive learning experiences.

#3. Continuous Learning Culture

Continuous learning is the mindset and practice of constantly acquiring new knowledge and skills throughout one's career. It is essential for employees to stay relevant, competitive, and productive in the changing world of work. Organizations need to foster a culture of continuous learning by providing employees with opportunities, resources, and incentives to learn and grow.

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Some examples of continuous learning culture practices are:

  • Providing employees with access to online courses, micro-learning modules, podcasts, videos, blogs, etc.

  • Encouraging employees to share their personal learning experiences and insights with others

  • Creating personalized learning paths and goals for employees based on their interests, needs, and aspirations

  • Offering employees recognition, rewards, feedback, and career development opportunities for their learning achievements

Continuous learning culture will be a priority for learning design in 2023, as it will help organizations retain and attract talent, improve performance, and foster innovation.

#4. Data-Centric Learning

Data is the fuel for learning design, as it provides valuable information about learners' needs, preferences, behavior, progress, outcomes, etc. Data can help learning designers make informed decisions about what content to create, how to deliver it, how to measure its impact, how to improve it, etc.

Some examples of data-centric learning practices are:

  • Using analytics tools to collect, visualize, and analyze data from various sources such as LMSs (Learning Management Systems), LRSs (Learning Record Stores), surveys, assessments, etc.

  • Using data-driven methods such as A/B testing, experimentation,

  • and optimization to test different versions of content or delivery methods

  • Using data-based feedback loops to monitor learners' engagement, satisfaction, and performance

  • Using data storytelling techniques to communicate insights and recommendations to stakeholders

Data-centric learning will be a key trend for learning design in 2023, as it will enable more evidence-based, effective, and efficient learning solutions.

# 5. Outsourcing eLearning Content Development

Outsourcing eLearning content development is the practice of hiring external experts or agencies to create eLearning content for an organization. This is becoming a common practice as organizations look to save time, money, and resources by leveraging the skills, experience, and technology of external partners.

Some examples of outsourcing eLearning content development benefits are:

  • Accessing high-quality content that meets the standards, requirements, and expectations of the organization

  • Reducing the workload, stress, and costs of the internal learning team

  • Scaling up or down the content production according to the demand and budget of the organization

  • Benefiting from the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in the eLearning industry

Outsourcing eLearning content development will be a common trend for learning design in 2023, as it will help organizations create more diverse, relevant, and engaging eLearning content.


These are some of the top trends of learning design for 2023 that we expect to see in the eLearning industry. By following these trends, learning designers can create more effective,

engaging, and impactful learning solutions that meet the needs and goals of learners and organizations. Keep learning, keep growing!


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