Options to Necessity

This post is provided by guest blogger, Stefanie Gardner, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

The recent disruption created by the world experiencing COVID-19 has pushed the e-learning option into being a necessity.  The move from the traditional face-to-face learning to e-learning has shown that learning on many levels can be done remotely.  The widespread use of current technologies by most has allowed for a quick transition to options that have been available and underutilized.  Companies and educators have quickly pieced together technology options to continue the needed education.  The users finding themselves navigating this time have sought out multiple e-learning options and the depth of the use of e-learning options has become more skilled and knowledgeable.  During this time, the need for blended learning has also been highlighted.  It has been discovered that in some areas of training a complete e-learning format does not satisfy the hands-on requirements for certain trainings.

In a Forbes.com article by Ulrik Jul Christensen (2020), it is stated that, “adopting approaches, such as personalized learning, to meet people where they are, with their varied backgrounds and differences in education and experience, and to help them acquire the knowledge and skills that will make an immediate impact.” I feel that the available technologies in our current environment create the ability for companies and educators to do exactly this.  Approaching e-learning with that thought will allow for success for the e-learning options to become a normal part of how we impart the information needed for the learner to be educated. 

Reference:

Christensen, U. (2020, March 10). What Companies Can Learn From COVID-19 Remote Learning ‘Experiments’. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/ulrikjuulchristensen/2020/03/10/what-companies-can-learn-from-covid-19-remote-learning-experiments

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