eLearning and the Surprise Benefit of COVID-19

We believe in virtual training. Naturally.

After years of encouraging and working at convincing companies to convert their classroom training to online training, eLearning has now gained momentum. In the past, we found that companies were very open to the idea of saving time and money, but some were hesitant on the implementation of an eLearning strategy, even one where employees’ progress can be tracked with minimal effort.

With COVID-19 affecting employees’ work habits, structure, routine, and surroundings as much as it has, companies were ‘pushed’ to accept a new strategy of relying on technology to communicate and provide training to employees. Most employees were not able to work as ‘usual’, which created an ideal opportunity to encourage them to further their skills through online learning. This pandemic willingly and unwillingly forced companies globally to invest in and embrace eLearning.

Here at VUCA, we noticed a significant spike in company courses being done daily. Employees now had time to be productive in a different way and give their full attention to the training modules the company offers for free and in turn benefit from the information, tips and tricks. This is a Win-Win situation for everyone.

In a recent LinkedIn report (2020 Workplace Learning Report) it was stated that “Learning & Development (L&D) budgets and online learning investments are on the rise”. The report also found that globally 57% of talent developers say they are planning to direct a larger percentage of the budget towards online learning programs and move away from Instructor-Led Training (ILT).

The events of 2020 forced all of us to change and rethink the customary way of doing things. Businesses are forced to make changes to address the “new normal”. Some of these changes are for the better, like converting training to eLearning and providing employees with the tools to embrace this new way of accessing training courses to broaden their skills level.

There is enough evidence to prove that companies who have adopted this new way of learning can show all-round benefits of converting from classroom-based learning to eLearning, especially in the ‘new normal’ we currently find ourselves in.

For more information on COVID-19 in South Africa please visit the South African COVID-19 Portal

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