While it can be exciting to try new approaches, many of us have had at least one shaky experience with e-learning design trends. From aesthetics that look dated quickly to a flashy new approach that isn’t a good fit for the audience or content, trends have the potential to weaken a design.

So why follow them then? First, trends in our field and related fields (like graphic design and web design) shape what looks “modern” to learners and stakeholders. Whether you use them or not, they can impact how people judge your work. But even more importantly, trends can help you discover smart new ways to share and display information. So you don’t need to avoid trends; you just need to find out how to use them strategically.

This report will help you better understand the strengths (and occasional weaknesses) of the design trends we’re seeing for the upcoming year. You’ll explore what you need to know to evaluate them and use them thoughtfully—whether on their own or woven together with the longstanding design techniques you already know and trust.

The ZIP file download includes this report in two forms. Use the PDF ebook to read through the content on your own. And if you want to present these trends to others, the PowerPoint version not only has presentable slides but speaking notes as well—just be sure to download and install the free Google font Heebo first. 

Have you already created courses using one or more of these approaches? Want to add some of your own e-learning design trend predictions for 2022? Be sure to share your projects and ideas in the comments section below. And come back to E-Learning Heroes regularly for more helpful advice on everything related to e-learning.