A "New Normal" And How It Will Change Learning Habits
Life After The COVID-19 Pandemic: Adjusting To The "New Normal"
The pandemic might have hit everyone hard but humanity always finds a way; hence, webinars are being conducted with existing content. New content is not being generated due to the lockdown and hence the demand for existing courses and LMS access has grown substantially. People tend to work longer and better at home than at the office, as they feel more comfortable; there is no clear boundary between work time and personal time, often they overlap. Here are 5 tips that will help you create and sell online courses according to the "new normal" that is prevailing during this pandemic.
5 Tips To Help You Adjust To The "New Normal"
1. Online And Virtual Training Is The Go-To Option
With travel time and costs being slashed totally, many people are investing their newfound wealth into developing themselves. They are doing this via courses and thus, they are looking for short courses rather than longer ones, primarily for two reasons. The first being that nobody knows how long "working from home" will continue, and the second being that shorter courses allow learners to complete multiple ones in the same stipulated amount of time.
2. The Training Paradigm Will Change
Previously, the format was like 70% of the course was offline and the rest was virtual. Now the scenario has been reversed, and online learning is taking up to more than 70% of the course and the rest is offline. Thus, online courses need to be more detailed to make up for this shift in control in order to help users navigate easily through a course.
3. Doubts And Clarification Need To Be Addressed Online
eLearning will be the new norm for the learning experience, and doubts and clarification classes need to be held online. There should be enough manpower or LMS capability to handle all of them. Thus, an LMS should be ready to handle the huge workload and the traffic that might come its way.
4. A Huge Number Of New Recruits
After the pandemic ends and the recession period is over, there will be a huge list of new recruitments needed to fill the laid-off employees' positions. Thus, they will all need to be trained. Doing this online is the best way instead of scheduling class after class offline; the instructor will also become tired. Also, scheduling classes offline will consume unnecessary resources, and this can be avoided if scheduling is done online. Thus, keeping it online and preparing new content for the freshers is a good way to be ahead of the curve and prepare yourself for the future.
5. Training Media Will Be New
AR/VR will become widespread entities in the near future. This can be used for skill-based training in order to simulate an identical environment for sales or other complex topics that require proper hands-on training. This is a concept for the future when a course can be ported for AR/VR mediums too. This type of content will enable trainers to choose an experience rather than other content styles. This type of content will help the learners be more active and pay attention to the course.
Training professionals have to adapt and adjust to this new environment.
With COVID-19 bringing about changes, training professionals also need to change a lot of things about their normal procedures and methods. To adjust to the new normal and move ahead with this new normal, here are a few pointers for training professionals:
- Collect knowledge about the total business operations and its substitute processes
- Learn and enhance skills regarding virtual scenario building in order to help create the proper support for learners
- Build a network and connections, which include subject experts and business or media experts who can help create something detailed and highly impactful
Most of the pointers and guidelines mentioned here can help you adapt to the new normal and make necessary changes so that your business keeps growing and your learners are always satisfied with their experience.