Online Learning — It’s Not Just For Your Kids
Government-enforced social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic is shifting routines for people of all ages across the globe. For those with school-aged children, the daily routine of students in classrooms has been replaced with e-learning and lessons delivered by Zoom, Google Hangouts or Blackboard.
For us as professionals, we have primarily shifted from a conference room to a video conference, and–for some–the experience may be as awkward as it is for our kids. That’s not the only comparison that can be made with our children these days.
Now is also a prime opportunity to invest in our own education with online learning. A lot of priorities have shifted, projects backburnered or canceled, which may create space to explore gaps or areas of enhancement in our bag of tricks. Online learning can also be a welcomed distraction in the evenings when the house is quiet and other forms of entertainment fail to provide a mental reprieve. That’s when investing in learning can meet a multitude of needs.
How to Choose Where to Focus
The beauty of online learning is we have an opportunity to dive further into those areas we are passionate about. So a strong first step is determining what you’re interested in. Then, take a look at how those passion points connect with your job description, if not your promotion plan. Try asking yourself, “Where do I need to grow?” Maybe there is an area of expertise that you would benefit from learning more about but it has been put on the backburner as a result of higher priority assignments.
How to Find a Class
One of the best places to start with professional online learning is within your company’s own learning management, especially if you are looking to apply your e-learning to your promotion plan or building your internal brand. In-house learning systems are set up to support the building of skills sets that drive your growth and marketability. It directly correlates between needs and expectations, so make it easy for management to see the value. Other good resources include professional associations or societies, universities with continuing education programs or trade publications who offer learning opportunities. When all else fails, tap your network–internally and externally–to see what training they found value in.
We’re also pleased to share that our partners are making training available free for use during this unusual time. These sessions are all self-paced, online learning and are offered for free. You can check them out here.
What to Do After You’ve Completed
Completing that online course or training isn’t the end of your learning. Now it’s time to showcase what you learned! Get with your manager or coworker and create a plan to apply this knowledge to your projects and assignments. Start with a test run and touch base with your leaders throughout the process. Open communication will provide you with all of the tools needed to apply what you’ve learned in the workplace.
Things may be disruptive right now and plans may be askew, but there’s something about controlling what we can control. In fact, learning can be a productive distraction that provides assistance professionally, as well as personally. To find out more about online learning, check out Acendre’s LMS software today.
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