Digital learning has evolved and significantly been impacted by the pandemic as we see more digitalization present in the learning space. Switching so rapidly from face-to-face to digital has accelerated the push to learn more online and use the tools available to us as effectively as possible. How we as HR and L&D professionals choose to critically think about taking advantage of this opportunity and use this technology to our advantage will ultimately push us towards success.
Here we’ve summarized the top 3 digital learning tools adopted by learners which have positively impacted their professional development.
One of the areas in which a significant increase in usage has been seen is virtual communication tools. At a time when people and organizations could only communicate virtually, and the only option was to become more digital, the spike in usage of such tools was unavoidable.
This growth has ultimately helped push forward many companies that were still not moving towards becoming more digital, forcing them to change all communication processes almost overnight. With this reliance on digital, and with so many of our actions turning to be solely online, it’s no wonder that virtual communication tools are becoming the norm.
According to the CIPD Learning and Skills at Work Survey in 2021, there is an 84% increase in the utilization of virtual classrooms and webinars. Not only have we seen this change in the usage of tools such as video communication tools, but we have also observed changes in our online experiences with one another.
The rise in awareness of digital body language is also a pertaining factor in how we effectively communicate online. Reading the body language of others online is an essential skill that has surfaced, especially since the start of the pandemic. The importance of accurately being able to read other’s digital body language and vice versa is a key contributor to effective and impactful communication and the overall success of a business.
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As a result of this increase, the usage of digital tools, professional programs, and learning courses started popping up more frequently in our everyday professional lives. In fact, according to the CIPD Learning and Skills at Work Survey in 2021, there has been a 79% increase in online content and programs.
This rise in available online content represents a great opportunity for companies to speed up their processes and make learning more accessible to their global workforce. If your organization is not investing in digital content and digital transformation, it is certainly putting itself at a competitive disadvantage. With the direction in which the market is going now, it’s safe to say that this digital industry is growing.
Many companies have already made necessary adjustments to their strategies after seeing the impact and effects of the pandemic. 70% of these companies urged the fact that this switch was moderate or significant. As the lasting effects of the pandemic are still being felt today, how organizations respond to this change moving forward is crucial to future success.
Creating smarter and more logical plans to become more digitalized and organizing every process so that it can withstand such situations is the only way to keep up with the digital shifts were seeing in the market.
Although there was not as big of an increase seen in blended learning (55% increase), the potential for a more significant impact is there.
For example, utilizing technology to support thinking, collaboration, and even reflection can bring out rich blended learning methods. In doing so, we are then automatically able to make progress in the right direction.
This statistic shows more specifically that only 55% of professionals were thinking (or had at least in their minds) of some environment or similar idea to blended learning. Such learning techniques such as blended learning are gaining more momentum and are seen to be more flexible in delivery style and even more cost-effective in the long run.