After 2020, almost everything. We've been forced to adapt to a new way of doing things, both in our personal and professional life. For most of us, our home became our office, and all of the business meetings moved in an online environment. Also, according to research, in 2017, 77% of companies incorporated some form of virtual training. By 2020, that number jumped to 98%, due to the shift to a remote workforce.
And most of the people approve this change, as surveys of workers have found that 90% of employees want to keep working from home in 2021. Thus, eLearning is needed more than ever and the industry should focus on responding to the needs of the global business environment.
The need for adaptation determines the direction of eLearning to a lesser or greater degree. For example, think of the fact that the traditional training has been practically cut down since the covid pandemic started, so trainers who were used to delivering traditional training programs have been forced to adapt. Thus, the concept of training for trainers has become a necessity and it is delivered in the online environment, with a focus on providing trainers with the tools and skills they need to keep students engaged and motivated in the online courses.
Also, training programs should be perceived as a form of performance support, rather than learning and development programs than happen once in a while. Training should be fully integrated within the day by day working schedule, seen as a professional support in terms of knowledge and skills, hands-on experience and social learning.
Another change is related to the information delivery channel. Until now, most of the training materials have been created for desktops and adapted to mobile devices. Now, as people are transitioning to spending most of their time on the phone, the learning materials are designed for mobile experiences first.
Moreover, there are eLearning related trends and aspects that are kept during this year, with a focus on enforcing them. For example, social learning is more important than ever, as people need connectivity during this difficult time, and communities of practice are a great way to enforce them. Also, microlearning, video training and virtual learning are still important this year, as the direction is towards training programs that allow for interactivity and actual engagement.
eLearning can be what you need, as a company, to keep your employees connected with the business environment, even if they are working remotely.
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