Online Training in the Time of COVID-19

This seems to be a boom time for elearning. With stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and the explosion of work-from-home, online training has experienced tremendous growth in popularity these last several weeks.

Online training, of course, isn’t new—it’s been around for over a decade. Examples include the one-hour self-paced, self-study course and the instructor-led, video-based, take-it-on-your-own-time courses from universities, LinkedIn Learning, Skillshare, and numerous other providers.

Is the sudden popularity (by necessity) of online training something new, or more of the same? A little of both, perhaps. I’d suggest the explosion of quickly developed virtual training that we’re currently seeing is something along the lines of a virtual instructor-led class, borrowing elements from instructor-led, video-based online courses and events like webinars.

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