Face-to-face training in the corporate world has also come to a stop due to the COVID crisis. Companies across the world face serious challenges to their businesses. Many individuals are working from home. Are they also learning from home during these periods of lockdown and containment? Is the time available due to stay at home or work from home being used judiciously to also keep learning?
Most individuals will be pursuing learning programs online to keep themselves updated and prepare themselves for newer opportunities that need newer skills. The post-COVID era is likely to be different in many ways with different business models requiring different competencies and skill sets.
Businesses will also be exploring to leverage the opportunities that may have scaled up due to the crisis and in the time of crisis. Also, they have been thinking deeply about the post-COVID times of doing business, whenever that happens.
It was always said that companies and organisations that continuously learn will be the ones that will thrive. Such organizations have always encouraged, and have been actively investing in, training their teams and individuals.
Learning is a continuum.
Whereas such training was happening face-to-face earlier, it is now happening online. More organisations will embrace online learning, and will dive deeper to ensure that their workforce stays competitive. As a part of thinking through and strategising for the business in the new normal, training is a high priority item, and will be essential for survival and growth of the business in the new age.
Learning and assessment systems designed for use in the corporate world are also seeing increased rollouts and implementation.
The central question is:
Are all learning management systems ubiquitous across different sectors like school education, higher education, etc., fit the corporate world too?
The questions that Companies will have to find an answer for are:
- Do the requirements of a Corporate Learning and Development essentially require a differentiated LMS?
- Can MOOC courses be mapped for the learning needs for an organization?
While MOOC courses will be on the recommended list, most companies will require a technology platform that specifically addresses the needs of the corporate world.
Content that includes simulations and the gamification of business scenarios will be more valuable. Tools that can author such content, and the learning design approach/techniques, will make corporate training more effective. Technology platforms that enable role play and teamwork will be more sought after.