Education is antiquated and out-of-date. We have been learning by rote from the beginning of time, and it is an ancient practise. As a result, disengagement is as old as schooling itself.

We transferred the education system into the workplace because we knew it didn't benefit many individuals at school. Then came Covid-19, which shook the L&D world and hasn't stopped since.

A new learning environment has emerged.

This first stage happened quickly. Face-to-face L&D had to be shifted online for obvious reasons of safety. There wasn't time in March 2020 to think through a strategy for doing this properly, so the goal was simple... get the lessons online.

For many, this is a new world; before to 2020, their specialisation was face-to-face delivery, therefore a prevalent trend noted as the shutdown approached was the relocation of a variety of PowerPoint and workshop notes kept in SharePoint sites and declared to be online learning. This is a type of online learning that is not the same as online learning; the two are extremely distinct, with very different learning engagement outcomes.

The quick shift to online has come at a price. In this case, learning is a collection of disparate web resources that aren't always intended to be studied together.

Developing a long-term strategy

The issue is that the applied sticking plaster is only (just) long-term viable. Learners will struggle with engagement, completion, and, most crucially, application in the real world if they use online repositories of knowledge that aren't particularly created for virtual involvement. Organizations around the world have entered a period of economic uncertainty, and how they respond in the coming year will, without a doubt, decide their survival.

Learners have higher expectations; they demand high-quality instruction and interesting experiences. Some people miss having face-to-face conversations. Others, on the other hand, enjoy online experiences. Both must be considered in the future.

Fusion is the way of the future

The future will never be defined by a single technology, but rather by a combination of technologies that can reach learners everywhere on the planet. An L&D department doesn't have to be confined to a single room down the hall. Blended learning is a binary system... Then there was online, then face to face, then back to online... Fusion learning is more than that.

Many organisations have embraced the online world since the introduction of Covid-19, and this expertise should not be thrown away. And it raises the question of why all students should return. Why can't students make their own decisions? Why can't workshop participants interact with online participants?