Reports that the way we work, the way we shop, the way we learn, etc. will be changed forever because of the global pandemic are likely overblown.
As the advertising legend Bill Bernbach said back in the 1950s: “
It took millions of years for man’s instincts to develop. It will take millions more for them to even vary. It is fashionable to talk about changing man. A communicator must be concerned with unchanging man, with his obsessive drive to survive, to be admired, to succeed, to love, to take care of his own.”
Rather than wholesale revolutions, it is much more likely that some existing trends will be accelerated. The forced adjustments in behavior that the pandemic has caused around the world will act as a stimulant to some long-term changes already underway.
There is little doubt that many people will be relieved to get back to the office. But equally, there will be a significant number, having experienced the benefits of working from home for the first time, who will join the growing ranks of remote knowledge workers.
As the authors of Remote: No Office Required put it:
“It may not be that the office completely ceases to exist, but its importance has peaked. Life on the other side of the traditional office paradigm is simply too good for too many people.”
The same will undoubtedly be true for corporate learning. The corporate classroom will not cease to exist, but its importance has surely peaked. The benefits of remote learning are simply too good for many learners, trainers, and program managers.
Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing our views on how to manage the acceleration from classroom to remote learning.
- What we can learn from the global switch to remote working as we transition to remote learning
- Why remote learning requires more than giving a zoom account to your trainers and learners
- Why the economic downturn may be the smartest time to invest in your remote learning programs
- Why the global economic recovery will be led by global virtual teams
Despite the pressures of the global pandemic, our own global virtual team has recently introduced a brand-new approach to remote language learning.
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We call it next-generation blended language learning, and it’s the perfect way to trial and evaluate remote language learning within your organization.
We are currently running several pilot programs for global organizations, allowing CLOs to deploy and evaluate a comprehensive remote language learning program in less than two months with minimum investment.
Why not take a SPRINT to accelerate your transition towards remote learning?