The impact of COVID-19 on online learning

Renate de Jonge

Unfortunately, the corona virus didn’t magically vanish during the turn of the year and 2021 will probably revolve mainly around the consequences of this crisis. We’ll still have to deal with working from home for some time and keeping distance from each other. What does this mean for educating employees?

Studying in your living room

The corona virus caused quite a stir concerning education. Schools are closed and other classical studies continued remotely as well, namely digital.

These are adjustments we did for the present, but what will we do in the future when the virus doesn’t play such a central role anymore? Will we go back to ‘how it was’ when we’ve been vaccinated and we can be with a group of people in one room again? Or will this digitalisation leave a permanent impact?

Meetings at the kitchen table

Since March 2020, many employees were thrown into the deep end concerning working at home. After a while of trying, figuring out and even more trying we’ve experienced that working digitally from home has advantages as well. We’ve gotten used to the digital means and we convene more efficient every day using Zoom or Teams. Many employees indicate they want to keep working remotely for some part in the future. This shift is also happening in the educational area; we see a shift from classical learning to online learning.

The increasing growth of online learning

Plenty of organisations made the change to online training last year. Although, corona might have been decisive, this trend started way earlier. Online learning becomes increasingly the default way to manage and perform a training. The ‘2020 Working Learning Report’ of LinkedIn states that the budgets of classical trainings declined with an average of 38% in 2020, while the budgets for online learning increased with 57%. Online learning gets a bigger role in blended-learning programmes as well.

Hidden advantage of COVID-19

The corona crisis and its related (partial) lockdowns resulted in, besides a lot of trouble, a hidden advantage. Employees have more time. They save time because they don’t travel to work, the amount of meetings decreased and time consuming activities at the office disappeared.

Here, possibilities arise. A lack of time appears to be one of the most important factors on the job that holds employees from learning. The time-gain that working digitally entails can thus be used to learn.

Switching from classical to online

Online learning has increased considerably and is expected to keep growing after the crisis. Even though, there’s currently more pressure on the change towards online learning, organisations who make this step accelerated must realise it’s not a matter of ‘simply’ performing the classical training in front of a camera.

Online training offers many possibilities and content forms to keep your user involved and motivated up until the end, and you should make use of that. This way you make the most of your trainings offer and the advantages of online learning. We, at Hubper, support various sorts of content, such as podcasts, meetups and microlearnings, because a mix of content is really important. Seize these opportunities and create challenging and efficient trainings.

Interested in the newest developments and trends? Our field is developing continuously. Read our trend blog to discover the trends of online learning for 2021. Use these to refresh your trainings or to make a good start and incorporate them in your first online training!

Have you already switched to online trainings? Was this ‘thanks to’ the corona crisis? If you haven’t made the change yet, request a demo and discover the advantages the online learning hub of Hubper can offer your organisation.