2020 and 2021 have shown that resilience can take us through any unforeseen calamity. The organisations that could navigate through the challenges emerged on top once the pandemic-sparked chaos began to settle.
One thing is consistent across such companies and organisations – the ability to re-skill the workforce according to the demands of the situation.
The need to adapt and re-skill makes it relevant to build a strong learning ecosystem in the post-pandemic era. Let’s explore why it will be non-negotiable for companies to have a learning ecosystem in the years to come.
Education sector’s reaction to Covid-19
The education and training sectors were among the worst sufferers of the pandemic. However, the sectors also evolved to keep up with changing demands and circumstances. eLearning is perhaps the most important development strengthened by the pandemic, and educators and students quickly adapted to it.
The biggest benefit of eLearning has been the ability to educate en masse. Today, knowledge is more accessible than ever. At the same time, it is important to curate this knowledge according to situational demands. That’s where Learning Management Systems (LMS) have played a key role.
With the help of LMS, the education sector was able to create learning ecosystems that could accommodate different challenges. The ed-tech sector went through a great deal of innovation to facilitate a smooth learning process for both students and working professionals. As a result, we are now in an era where conducting training and learning sessions is easier than ever.
What will the future of learning look like?
It would be safe to assume that the future of learning will focus greatly on eLearning platforms. One of its many benefits is the ability to transcend geographical barriers. Today it is possible for students in Asia to attend courses from European universities, often at low or no cost.
However, the digital divide is a huge challenge here. Corporates and governments have to come together to build infrastructure that can facilitate distance training/learning for students. Without that, a big chunk of learners will be left out of the process which will ultimately have an adverse effect on the economy.
Adaptability of learning ecosystems
The post-pandemic age is an era of adaptation. The sectors that could adapt to the changes are the ones with the highest growth and development rates. Among them, the education sector has indeed thrived through changes.
Adaptability and flexibility are no longer subjects of discussion. Today, we can see different industries putting these ideas into application and coming out on top of competitors. However, the education sector needs to focus more on expansion than the competition. To achieve that, it is crucial for the learning ecosystems to be flexible and adaptable.
Corporate training now greatly revolves around imparting the principles of adaptation and growth. Everything from teaching modules to learning methods focuses on how to mold according to situations and make the most of whatever we have. In the future, a big part of traditional education will deal with these issues. Corporates and educators who are already implementing these principles have a first-mover advantage.
Core components of a strong learning ecosystem
These are the core components that learning ecosystems need to focus on in the post-pandemic era:
- Flexibility in both learning modules and systems, allowing more and more students to benefit from it
- Re-skilling employees according to demands. That would involve getting rid of many archaic practises that are no longer relevant
- Collaborative learning is at the core of any educational ecosystem. The need for it will only increase as we move into a more inclusive society
- Hands-on training and education ensures that learners come out with practical knowledge that will have application across industries
It would not be an exaggeration to say that strong learning ecosystems are the backbone of sustainable success across sectors. Strengthening learning environments and techniques is the only way to achieve it in the post-pandemic era.