There have certainly been a lot of changes throughout 2021, most notably, how we interact with each other regarding working and learning. Being forced from one day to the next to run all business aspects at a remote or digital level taught us that resilience and adaptability are essential aspects of success in any situation. Despite the psychical distance, how we were practically forced to interact with each other, almost exclusively online, brought us closer to one another.
The ability to join sessions from anywhere has allowed collaboration across borders to be more accessible than ever before. Beyond that, the education space will accelerate the adoption of virtual classrooms and virtual tools in learning and development.
Classroom culture has indeed changed forever in the way that we interact with one another. Virtual classrooms create a more informal atmosphere where a relaxed dress code becomes routine, and more personal aspects of life are shared with others, such as pets, children and living quarters. More importantly, virtual classrooms provide a space to develop a social presence to enhance a positive and supportive classroom culture.
However, we still have a long way to go to optimize our usage of virtual classrooms and see the advantages they offer. A more recent study done by the Elearning Industry suggests that around 42% of organizations agreed that eLearning helped them increase their revenue. This trend shows that investing time in virtual learning and centering on the development of that field directly connects to the success of the business.
Moreover, as leaders in the learning and development field, we can utilize and improve on what we have already learned about virtual classrooms in the past year.