How Does Digital Transformation Impact The eLearning Sector?

Benefits Of Digital Transformation On eLearning
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Summary: With the business landscape becoming more competitive by the hour, brands have made learning and skills development a constant in their processes. But the traditional L&D systems alone cannot take on the responsibility to make businesses efficient and ready for the surging competition.

Benefits Of Digital Transformation On eLearning

At a time when the entire world, across sectors, is looking for ways to digitally transform, its impact on the Learning and Development domain is still lagging. Even though digital transformation comes loaded with the promise of helping organizations evolve in real time, organizations have been slow in terms of adopting advanced learning and skill development practices. But with more and more businesses getting on the bandwagon of implementing digital transformation strategies, the time when the Learning and Development domain will get transformed is drawing near.

Here are the different ways digital transformation would carry an impact on the eLearning sector in a corporate setup.

Customized Learning

Like in the case of school kids, the preferred learning type of office goers also varies. Through digital transformation, businesses can offer their employees a personalized learning experience. Through the mode of Machine Learning and AI, businesses can decide whether to have video content or text-based or if a 15-minute session will be more appreciated than 1 or 2-hour classes.

Greater Accessibility

The era where the best thing that happened with the corporate Learning and Development sector was mLearning is passing by for the good. Well-devised digital transformation strategies are taking accessibility beyond mobile. By combining the capabilities of IoT, enterprises are expanding the platforms to home assistant devices, wearables, etc.

The intent of the platform expansion efforts remains the same—enabling learning in a non-time- and geography-bound manner.

Greater Inclusion Of NextGen Technologies

The biggest role of digital transformation in corporate learning and skill development can be seen in the incorporation of technologies like Augmented and Virtual Reality, blockchain, and AI technologies. While we have already peeked into the active role of AI in the domain through personalized learning, let us look into AR/VR and blockchain technologies’ incorporation.

Blockchain, by being an unhackable technology, ensures that the employees’ data is secure and breach-proof. Additionally, several organizations are exploring the technology’s use case in the creation of digital certificates.

As for AR/VR, a number of businesses across sectors are using the technology combination for giving hands-on learning experience to their employees. The use cases are most visible in the healthcare and manufacturing industries.

Up until this point, you must have gotten an idea that the role of digital transformation in the corporate learning and skill development domain is going to be one of an enabler that’d take the sector technologically forward. But to truly understand its extent, it is important to know the roadblocks or challenges that a business might face. Only by understanding the issues, businesses will be able to overcome them.

Challenges Of Digital Transformation In The Education Domain

Adoption Reluctance 

Even though 70% of public sector employees feel that their digital abilities are behind the private sector employees, the key decision-makers take minimal efforts to change the scenario. The comfort zone of doing things in a way that they have always been done mixed with the fear of failure keeps businesses from exploring new technologies and processes.

Lack Of Digital Transformation Expertise 

The next major challenge that stands behind businesses is the lack of digital transformation experts in-house. Many times organizations fail to understand that complete transformation is a continuous process and not just some steps. So, although they can hire a consultant at the initial stage, they would ultimately need to partner with an agency that would stand with them throughout the journey and leave them at a time when there is a fail-proof system in place.

Data Silos

The next big challenge that is the reason behind a majority of the digital transformation efforts’ failure is the presence of data silos. Generally, in traditional businesses, there are no centralized systems where the data is stored. Thus, the data, which would help advance the learning efforts, is kept in multiple silos, which often don’t interact with each other. All this, in turn, makes it difficult to take integral business decisions or adopt education initiatives.

Presence Of Legacy Systems 

Like data silos, businesses also come full of legacy systems—a non-frequently updated technology-driven system and infrastructure. The problem with legacy systems is that they make it very difficult for new digital innovations to get incorporated into the systems. The incompatibility results in a heightened need for upgrading, customization, or replacement of the current systems for bringing in greater integration. This, in turn, comes at a cost of time and money.

So, here was everything you need to know about how digital transformation is set to make the corporate learning and skill development domain efficient and the challenges that businesses need to overcome to let digital transformation take over the domain.

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