During a recent OpenSesame webinar, David Perring, director of research at Fosway Group, and Medhi Tounsi, senior regional director at OpenSesame, explored digital learning in the new way of work. Fosway Group is Europe’s leading HR and consulting research group. During the webinar, Perring used Fosway’s digital learning realities research conducted at the start of the year to discuss how ready we were for the L&D crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that lie ahead.
Companies have been working on digital transformation for years. According to Forbes, 70 percent of companies (https://opensesame.wistia.com/medias/gra9gudosy) were thinking about digital transformation but were not far enough along to make the rapid changes that the pandemic required. When it hit, many companies had to transition their workforces to virtual ones, faced a huge economic shock, and were forced to adapt quickly.
- Seventy-one percent of organizations experienced an increased demand for digital learning from end users.
- Eighty-two percent of organizations experienced demand for digital learning from senior stakeholders.
- Organizations with mature digital learning approaches were twice as likely to report that they found coping with the pandemic easy.
Organizations have used different kinds of learning content during the pandemic. The most successful were video content, curated content, mobile learning, and blended learning.
Learning has also been delivered in many different ways, such as:
- Fifty-three percent preferred a virtual classroom.
- Forty-eight percent used a learning experience platform.
- Thirty-six percent were successful with collaborative learning.
- Twenty-nine percent used a learning management system.
The pandemic has changed the way we live and learn. Only 5 percent of the companies surveyed think that their learning strategy will go back to what it was pre-pandemic. This has created an opportunity for companies to create an agile learning mix. This mix connects individual pupils, experts, employees, and L&D teams. It fosters learning as you go, creating an educational culture and putting learners in the driving seat. The nature of supporting learning must also be shifted. Learning must be looked at for today’s results, for future success, and for yourself.
Fosway’s digital learning realities research showed that the COVID-19 pandemic pushed organizations out of their comfort zones and created innovative ways of learning that may not have been explored until years from now. People are more willing to explore, create, and adjust on the spot. Watch the webinar to hear more about these changes and how the workplace is evolving.
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