Since the beginning of 2020, the new coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused global concern. As cases and mortalities rise, companies, schools and public safety agencies across the world are asking themselves how to protect individuals without sacrificing day to day responsibilities such as training, working and semester activities.
The answer is quickly becoming online learning and working remotely.
While eLearning is already a popular alternative for classroom instruction or paper-based compliance management, the need for self-isolation is revealing yet another value to online learning. Offering online instruction can save agencies time, money and worry. Additionally, emerging trends for engaging eLearning tools make resources flexible and accessible without sacrificing quality.
Status of COVID-19 in North America
As of mid-March, COVID-19 was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Cases of the new coronavirus have skyrocketed since early diagnoses in China at the end of 2019. Currently, over 209,839 confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported worldwide and 8,778 deaths.
Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, congregations of 10 or more people have been banned – with national and global events being postponed or canceled altogether. Major sporting events, cultural gatherings and music festivals across the world for 2020 have all been impacted.
Canceled events due to the new coronavirus include:
- The N.B.A. 2019 – 2020 season
- South by Southwest in Austin, Texas
- Patrick’s Day parades in Ireland, Boston (U.S.) and other major regions
- Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo, Japan
- World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal, Canada
- Coachella in Southern California
How Agencies Are Turning to Online Instruction
In addition to large events, schools and workplaces across North America are closing their doors temporarily and are turning to remote instruction.
More than 100 countries have opted to close down in-person classes at universities. Many are instead using video conferencing technology, such as Zoom, and online platforms to continue the semester.
Employees are also being sent home to work remotely to reduce risks of exposure. Agencies able to do so are working and training online to minimize loss of productivity and limit sick time.
Benefits of eLearning for All Industries
Beyond the ability to train remotely, there are many benefits of eLearning. Here are a few:
Accessible – Individuals can access courses 24/7. TargetSolutions offers over 2,000 self-paced courses that can be taken at any time, from any web-enabled devices.
Cost-Savings – eLearning scenarios don’t have to be recreated with each training session. Courses, such as ones in TargetSolutions’ Driver Assessment and Training Program, use 3D or virtual reality technologies to reproduce situations that are costly to train in real life.
Enhance Performance – When learning a new skill or subject, repetition is key. TargetSolutions’ online training allows individuals to revisit lessons anytime, anywhere. Additionally, continuing education for EMS or fire can help personnel optimize what they get out of hands-on training.
Up-to-Date Content – Online courses are easier to update than in-person curriculums. TargetSolutions frequently updates training for EMS CEUs, changing HR laws and more. It’s also easier to redistribute new online training than to schedule new classroom instruction.
Reduce Risk – Using online learning can reduce risk several ways. During critical events, such as the coronavirus outbreak, it can be used distribute timely safety training. It can also pre-expose personnel to encounters they will have in the work field.