These 6 topics are extremely popular in online learning

Rinke Huisman

Headlines report it already: a quarter of the people wants to keep working from home after the corona crisis. How do companies react to this? Can we notice a change in the strategies of how people do their jobs, cooperate, react to innovations or perform customer’s contact? In short, which online trainings have become more popular due to the corona crisis? And what do we expect for the future? 

It remains necessary to be able to be deployed broadly, to learn a new profession quickly and to be digitally skilled, regardless if you work from home or at the office. The corona crisis has increased the speed of the technological developments and the economy sustainability. Still, the European Skills Index van Cedefop indicates that the Dutch working people don’t score very high on these digital skills. Improvements in this area are thus a priority on the action agenda Life Long Development of the SER, which can also be seen in the numbers concerning education. 

So, what are these popular training topics?

Looking back on 2020 and the start of 2021 we can perceive an enormous growth in the followed trainings at online learning platforms. Apparently, the Netherlands does think it’s time to work on personal development. When we look at popular subjects in the trainings offer of the recent months, we can see a clear trend: people want to embrace change and look for resilient, flexible and agile personnel. We’ll discuss the most popular training subjects with you down below: 

1. Technological knowledge

Many companies were already busy with a digital transformation, due to corona this has accelerated. Video conference softwares, e-learnings, brainstorm platforms and virtual events aren’t for a select club of experts anymore, but they’ve become the new standard and everyone is expected to be able to participate. Trainings such as ‘Communicating through Zoom and Teams’, ‘Managing remotely’ and ‘Online cooperation’ have thus become the frontrunners of this list.

2. Healthy lifestyle

The following subject has become extra important: positivity trainings concerning a healthy lifestyle. We all started walking on a high scale, we were confronted with a lot of stress and became extra aware of good habits we couldn’t or weren’t allowed to maintain anymore. We see a lot of interest in mindfulness, talent development, ‘know yourself’ modules and trainings about good sleep and eat habits.

3. Insight in analytics and data

By completely transferring to online, we must rely on what analytics and data tell us. This isn’t for technicians only, but it applies to everyone! We collect so many data on every department, about every employee and every customer, that effectively relying on these data has become a logical consequence. Luckily, there are many handy tools to get insight in these numbers and you’ll often get good suggestions for subsequent steps based on them – it’s technology for a reason. Learning to work with these tools demands of course a certain amount of knowledge, that’s why we see plenty of practical skills in the trainings offer.

4. Resistance to stress and optimism

The bar is rather high in the contemporary ‘performance society’ and unfortunately we see high burn-out numbers during this period. Employees that cope well with stress and keep a positive mindset during setbacks, become increasingly important for companies to be able to face to challenges of today and the future.

5. Creative thinking

Many companies probably needed to adapt their goals more in the recent year than in the past decades combined. For example, tapping into new markets to ensure the company’s continuity or thinking of new ways to keep the team spirit alive or to reach their customers. The presence of creative and innovative ideas among the personnel can make or break a company. Moreover, it appears that we’re all much more creative in the corona period and we generate more good ideas. Why shouldn’t we use these post-corona?

6. Emotional intelligence

The past year has had much impact on our daily routines and social lives. We frenetically try to connect with each other on remote, but that remains rather difficult. This asks for using our own antennae of emotional intelligence more. How can we keep taking care of each other? How can we be there for each other? Everyone deals with multiple different challenges and emotions tumble over each other. Listening, showing empathy and coming to terms with each other can help a team through a difficult period. As a consequence we see more and more attention for these topics.  

What do you do to prevent dropping out of the market? In the library of our academy you can find many interesting microlearnings and trainings about these topics. But, you can of course also create a nice offer yourself, let’s roll! 🙌