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How COVID-19 is Transforming the Global E-Learning Landscape

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a decrease in demand for many services around the world, from public transport to travel and luxury items. But one sector that has seen a significant increase in demand is the global e-learning industry. 

With many workers either furloughed or finding themselves with extra free time that would have previously been spent commuting, demand for online learning has soared. And with figures from the OECD showing that some 421 million children in 39 countries have been affected by school closures, traditional classroom lessons are now being delivered via e-learning platforms too. 

E-Learning: A booming global industry

Even before the Coronavirus outbreak hit, the global e-learning industry was already predicted to grow by $30 billion by 2022. In China alone, statistics from Frost & Sullivan suggest that the online learning market is expected to grow to a value of 696 billion yuan ($99.3bn) from 203 billion yuan in the next few years. 

Enforced social distancing has opened many people’s eyes to the myriad e-learning resources that are out there, from LinkedIn Learning courses to opportunities to upskill with Google Digital Garage.  

What’s more, many organisations are creating their own online training resources to deliver skillsharing sessions and the rollout of new initiatives. 

Meanwhile, teachers are delivering lessons virtually, using a range of e-learning resources, with the BBC even launching its own Bitesize e-learning offering to help educate the UK’s students in this time of need.  

The APAC region is expected to undergo the fastest growth in its e-learning market; as one of the hardest-hit areas by the virus, its schools and universities were among the first that were forced to adapt and innovate with increased digitisation of learning, delivering this to millions of students ahead of the rest of the world. 

With so much uncertainty surrounding the future of the pandemic, the reliance on e-learning platforms and resources looks here to stay; it’s shown just how accessible education and training can be when needed, across barriers and despite extreme upheaval elsewhere. 

Adapting resources: best practice tips

Educators and corporate learning providers alike need to take steps to adapt their existing resources to make their e-learning offering as accessible as possible. Bear in mind: 

  • Resources need to be up-to-date and add value to the learner. Regardless of whether it’s an education or corporate learning environment, it’s not enough to simply take old resources and upload them online 
  • E-learning content needs to be optimised to correspond with the devices that learners are most likely to be using. In today’s world, and when many people found themselves suddenly working from home with little warning, they may be more likely to have access to a smartphone than a laptop 
  • Team or partnered activities will need adapting to suit a virtual environment. Some video conferencing tools have the functionality for you to create private spaces for 1-2-1 conversations within a wider meeting, so this could be a good option to explore 

Creating global e-learning resources

At Language Connect, we’re experienced in translating and localising educational resources, including e-learning materials. Every document that we work on for the education or training sector goes through a stringent online validation process before it is published to ensure it meets its objectives despite the change in language, and sometimes format too. 

Regardless of what’s going on in the world, and whatever the distance between your organisation and the people you want to reach, we’re here to help you to make sure that you can still deliver vital information. 

Discover more about Language Connect’s education and training translation services. 

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