We are all living online more than ever before. Let’s face it, did you spend the holiday’s binge-watching Netflix or YouTube? And how many online get-togethers did you attend in the last months? We are sure we did. With living online being the new norm, it’s no surprise that the demand for online learning also has been increasing.
It’s time to turn pro on e-learning. The phenomena stepped up in 2020, and there are some good reasons why it’s the next big thing. Why it’s sometimes even better than physically attending a workshop at a certain place and time.
The tangible rise of e-learning in 2020
E-learning is not a new kid on the block. Students from all over the world can learn whenever and wherever they want via platforms like Udemy and Coursera for some time now. The benefits of e-learning have been there since its beginning. Yet, it was often seen as a lesser form of education. One of the reasons is that some shifty corners of the internet offered ‘degrees’ for sale. Until the last decade, this stigma was difficult to shake.
Online education works
Developing skills and knowledge online is accelerating and becoming more effective. That not only applies to learning hard skills – such as technical knowledge – but also to absorbing personality habits, also known as soft skills. For years, we trained professionals face to face. In the last year, we conducted many webinars and online meetings from our office and home workplaces via the Globally Cool Academy. Based on these experiences, we are very optimistic about the e-learning future.
The better alternative in 2021
So, where are we when it comes to e-learning in 2021? Of course, face-to-face human interaction is still important and powerful. But it’s safe to conclude that e-learning is not just a possible alternative for traditional methods of learning; it’s a sustainable one. We, as trainers, can conduct non-personalized classes just as easily via video and live webinars as we can in person. Attendees can spend the time they save on travelling to a training location in other ways. Online training allows them to work on skills while maintaining a full-time job and family commitments.
There are some cool new e-learning projects planned we are going to work on. A strategic collaboration with the EDES Business School is in the making. Next to that, we are teaming up with several Chambers of Commerce and universities from Lebanon to help create an online academy. In 2021 we are also continuing our work on the digital transformation of the training institute of Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations (AACCSA).