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How online learning can keep learning and essential training on track during the coronavirus pandemic

  • 7 Min Read

With the WHO’s declaration of a global pandemic, and cases of COVID-19 rising daily in hundreds of countries around the world, business as usual is no longer an option for corporations and associations large and small. We appreciate that this is a very difficult and scary time. We want you to know we understand and are here to fully support you as we move toward creating a “new normal” for employee and member training over the weeks and months ahead.

Learning shifts online in a time of crisis

Guided by public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other authorities, companies across the globe are now urgently implementing pandemic plans to ensure business continuity and control community spread of COVID-19. For many companies, unions, and associations, strategies such as work-from-home policies to facilitate social distancing and the suspension of in-person training sessions and conferences are requiring learning and development teams to quickly rethink delivery strategies. Organizations heavily reliant on face-to-face methods for training and continuing education now need to consider virtual methods, such as online learning, to maintain the delivery of this essential training. No one knows how long this health crisis will persist. The key is to keep employees and members safe and protected during this continually evolving health crisis.

Scaling learning to efficiently reach remote audiences

Supporting your employees and members at a distance can also help alleviate many of the concerns that come with extended office closures and conference/training cancellations. It offers individuals a sense of normalcy and routine during a time that is both concerning and disruptive. Online learning platforms offer an ideal, efficient way to scale learning to remote audiences and keep members up to date with changing regulations and/or protocols. Online learning can also keep employees who are working from home informed about changes to the business while building their knowledge of public health best practices that are critical to health preservation.

We acknowledge that the abrupt shift to an online learning approach may be a difficult experience for those employees who are accustomed to face-to-face learning and development programs. What’s important for learning and development leaders to know is that there is help close at hand to ease and simplify this adjustment for all.

During this time of public health crisis, online learning expertise is close at hand

With D2L’s 20+ years of experience helping corporations and associations shift to fully online or blended learning, we have built a strong understanding of what’s necessary to make learning work from any location and at any time. We’re committed to working closely with our customers to develop tailored learning and development plans to cope with extended office closures.

Despite office closures and the need for social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Brightspace LMS platform offers employers, associations, learning development professionals, members, and employees the ability to continue to connect and learn face-to-face. Learning and instruction can continue without interruption, facilitated by a platform that enables a steady flow of learning/training coupled with coaching, assessment, and peer/manager feedback. For those who may require additional support or motivation, or who have defined learning and development paths, Brightspace can provide automated nudges, offer encouragement through badging, and progress them through their learning with the automated release of content and assessments.

To help employers and associations get the most out of Brightspace products and features, we also have hundreds of video tutorials available online, and our team is here to support you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

As the world navigates the COVID-19 health crisis, employers, associations, employees, and members are learning to adapt and exploring innovative ways to move forward. In the face of all this change, we are fully committed to helping our corporate customers make the shift to online learning a worry-free decision during this very tumultuous time.

If you are looking for guidance as you navigate this move to learning online, we’re here to help. Check in frequently to our blog and website for additional resources, including webinars from D2L and partners that will be sharing their experiences and lessons learned in shifting from face-to-face classes to online methods of training.