March of 2020 is going to be etched in the consciousness of people for generations to come. That was generally when most countries globally experienced national lockdowns and total disruptions to business and everyday life. Certain industries were not affected, but many industries such as Airlines, Hospitality, and Learning & Development saw overnight changes that completely dismantled the previous business models that existed before the lockdowns. Adaptability became the game's name as the adage of necessity being the mother of invention became a survival tool.
Organisations that offered services in the physical learning space now found themselves creating services in the online virtual space to remain relevant in the marketplace. Adoption was initially low in Nigeria as companies did not have the culture of receiving their learning virtually. The obstacles ranged from bandwidth connectivity to familiarity with virtual learning platforms from an organisational learning perspective.
Interestingly, human beings' resilience will always be the story that emerges at the end of any crisis. Within a relatively short time, people began to adjust to learning virtually. Options that were made available included digital learning, virtual instructor-led training, short courses, learning communities and shared platforms, where learning tools exist.
Some organization, however, wanted to continue in-person learning but are doing it while observing COVID protocols or doing a hybrid where virtual learning is incorporated.
In 2021, as we continue to understudy the interesting statistics that came out of 2020, we are going to see the following:
Some organisations have been on the precipice of this change for quite some time, but now its an open playing field where any and every provider of learning will get extremely creative with keeping up with the ever-changing learning landscape.
Organisations should seek companies that are constantly providing these solutions through qualified facilitators that can give a very rich classroom experience.
The Future of Learning is here. Nothing is ever going to be the same. Adoption and adaptability are what will ensure that organisations can meet their requirements for developing their people.
Credit: The post What to look out for in the World of Learning in 2021 first appeared in Phillips Consulting Blog on February 02, 2021
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