The world as we know it has changed drastically in the last few months
As the COVID-19 outbreak has become more widespread across the globe, organisations of all shapes and sizes have had to adapt to a new normal if they intend to make it through this period of economic upheaval and uncertainty.
With governments imposing limitations that include everything from social distancing to enforced lock downs, working professionals are having to isolate at home for weeks and even months. This has forced many businesses to shift their activities to online platforms, and the speed and innovation with which they have done this is unprecedented.
Workplace learning has changed drastically
One aspect that has come under serious scrutiny is workplace learning. On one hand, many professionals have had no choice but to learn new digital skills – whether this is simply so they can participate in meetings via platforms like Zoom or because their organisation has been forced to switch to cloud-based technology.
But when it comes to things like in-person leadership programs, technical training or onboarding, learning budgets have been slashed and training programs shelved. People are changing their habits, and eLearning was already seeing a rise before the pandemic started. All that has happened is that this adoption has accelerated now that remote and virtual learning are the only methods available.
Professionals are adapting to this new normal where everything happens at a distance. They’re immersing themselves in new technology by default. But they’re also often taking advantage of increased access to the virtual content and learning paths related to various digital skills they never knew they needed – or even existed.
They’re upskilling themselves because it has become obvious that these skills will be necessary for a future where the global economy is trying to recover from the effects of the pandemic. And now that professionals have embraced this new method of learning, they will have a new expectation with regard to how they engage and learn.
The digital transformation of learning is so much more than just the copying and pasting of traditional learning to an online environment – something that many higher education facilities and schools are learning the hard way. For it to be a success, innovation needs to be applied to how these technologies are used to deliver corporate training and learning in general.
Businesses need to rethink what works in the brick-and-mortar or in-person context of learning and scrutinise it through the lens of what online tools can offer and are capable of. But more than this, organisations should learn from the mistakes that schools, colleges and universities have made by having their learning programs converted to the digital by eLearning professionals with years of insights and experience to draw from.