Harpenden (UK), June 2020 - Omniplex, a global digital learning solutions provider, has surveyed the digital learning industry on their opinions regarding the effects Covid-19 crisis has had on industry itself. The survey assessed sentiment about the impact, issues, and uncertainty.
The findings reveal the confusion of emotions across the industry, with almost all respondents (94%) believing the crisis will have a positive impact on the industry, despite 85% also worrying about the impact it will have on their organisation.
The survey results come at a time when the Covid-19 crisis is forcing organisations and education establishments alike to open their eyes to a truly digital world, with learning at the forefront of that realisation. Commenting on the Covid-19 crisis, Matthew Lloyd, CEO of Omniplex (Group) Ltd, stated, "The coronavirus crisis has been a trying time for many businesses around the world and has highlighted the need for resilient working from home capabilities within organisations. Throughout this time, the learning industry has supported companies of all sizes across a range of industries by sharing our knowledge and expertise on remote working and learning, ensuring as many businesses as possible have remained open."
Matthew continued, "It is clear to see that even as things return to normal in the coming months and years, there will be a lasting change in work patterns, with an increasing number of companies offering flexible working arrangements. This is an exciting prospect for our industry, where we will see digital learning adopted in more organisations and a change in the learning landscape forever."
Echoing Matthew's sentiments, Jasmine Kundra, Head of Cursim, Omniplex's learning design agency, stated, "Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has made a strong case for digital learning to be at the forefront of any organisation's learning and development strategy, execution is key.
What companies must do is find the right digital learning solution that will deliver results for both short- and long-term needs.
This is an opportunity for learning designers to own the digital learning space, creating compelling learning that delivers meaningful learning experiences. We must collectively demand more from digital learning, setting the bar high for our own industry and therefore easily becoming the unequivocal choice for learning at work - even if that means learning from home."
Further conclusions from the survey include the following:
- Ninety-four percent of respondents agreed that the Covid-19 pandemic would have a positive long-term impact on the digital learning industry.
- Over a quarter (29%) of freelance learning designers have seen a fall in workload since the onset of the coronavirus crisis.
- Some 52% of respondents stated that there has been an increase in investment in digital learning since the onset of the coronavirus crisis.
- A total of 79% of organisations claimed that digital learning is now perceived in a better light in their organisation.
- Seventy-two percent believe they will adopt a blended approach to learning after the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Some 84% believe they already have the skillset in-house to create effective digital learning.