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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Corporate Education Will Never Return To The Classroom – Forbes

Through numerous conversations with chief learning and human resource officers from companies around the globe, it has become quite clear that corporate education and training will never return to the in-person classroom. Sure, there will be exceptions where training will be necessary in-person (think physical equipment, medical labs, etc.) – but any education and training that can be done online will be done online, always, from this point forward. The reasons for this are simple: companies have realized they can do it faster, more effectively and less expensively online while their employees also widely prefer it too.

Corporate education, like higher education, was certainly heading in the direction of more online learning long before the Covid-19 disruption. But it was more of a plodding pace. The past two months, of course, there’s been no choice; everyone is online. While colleges and universities are desperately trying to reopen campuses for the fall, companies are quickly and quietly planning never to return to the classroom. The expense and time of bringing together groups of employees for in-person training is exorbitant in comparison to high-quality online versions. Air travel, hotels, windowless conference rooms and convention centers, the risk liability of group training events and, frankly, the poor quality and unmeasurable outcomes of in-person corporate training have always been complaints. These complaints are greatly amplified now in comparison to the online alternative.

Just as companies like Twitter have realized they can operate with 100% work-from-home workforces, corporate education leaders are realizing they can bring their training entirely online. Employees can do it when time allows, more flexibly from home. More sophisticated online courses can customize content to individual learners and track and measure learning outcomes in ways that even the best in-person training has never been able to do. And while there is a wide range of quality across various online offerings, astute purchasers and consumers of online training are quickly discerning the good from the bad and the ugly. Gone will be the click-through-slide-while-turning-off-the-audio junk courses for compliance training. We’ll see an explosion of world-class online options across all industries.

Beyond some of the differences between online and in-person education that Covid-19 has suddenly brought into the open, there stands perhaps the biggest reason for shifting online: the need for scale and speed. Nothing brings this demand into closer focus than last year’s report from IBM which revealed that companies estimate it takes 36 days on average to re-skill or up-skill employees – up from just 3 days a mere five years ago! This is a meteoric shift that suddenly makes in-person education obsolete because of its high cost and inability to scale to thousands of employees in rapid fashion. Yes, Covid-19 has given us reason to move online. But corporate education was already on that inevitable track based on the speed at which business is moving and the demands required to keep humans relevant in their current jobs and ready for new ones.

No doubt, some working adults will miss (and prefer) in-person education. But in the employer world, online is the new reality because it’s now suddenly the only practical solution during Covid-19 and beyond. Will it also be a canary in the coal mine for schools and universities? The vast majority of traditional age students (and their teachers and parents) still greatly desire returning to the classroom and campus. But the education consumer is also quickly splintering into many new archetypes. And those will include traditional age students who will gladly shift to fully online and hybrid degrees in exchange for lower price points, faster completion and the ability to work while doing so. Students will simply have more options to choose from and decisions to make regarding their preferences for in-person vs. online. In the corporate world, though, the decision has already been made.



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