Face-to-face communication also commonly called F2F has undergone a steady decline over the last few years. The introduction of technology-based communication is the biggest contributor, and with the introduction of 5G and its supporting communication technology, F2F may see a steeper decline.
Research by a children’s media advocacy group stated that 35% teens prefer texting as of 2018 compared to 16% from 2012. This is a 118% increase in a non-face-to-face format of communication in just six years. Most of this is attributed to advancement in technology. However, with the current situation where keeping safe distances and social distancing are the new norms, the decline in face-to-face will only increase.
The Decline of Face-to-Face Training
There is a definite doubt that the COVID-19 epidemic has made trainers reconsider how they conduct their training. As a result, it has left face-to-face interactions on the back burner. Even if the concept makes a comeback, chances are it will forever be a fringe practice that may even draw negative reactions from people owing to the possible safety violations. As a result, non-face-to-face practices have already cemented itself as the new normal.
According to a report by ON24, a webinar and remote conferencing tool provider, the percentage increase in webinars conducted has increased by 441% on Mondays, 222% on Fridays, and 271% on Tuesdays. These numbers are expected to grow and the coming periods will definitely mark the normalization of indirect training over face-to-face.
Traditional training and its allied concepts like classroom training and on-the-job training greatly relied on face-to-face communication to fulfill their purpose. But with the overall decline in F2F human interactions, these traditional formats of training are disappearing as well.
This decline in traditional training may appear as a worrying trend. However, it is the result of advancing technology and one can only adapt to the changing circumstances instead of resisting.
In reality, the decline of face-to-face communication has given rise to instant-communication, faster idea transfer, quicker decision making, remote group discussions, and instant knowledge transfer. The last bit is what has changed the way training and development is now achieved.
The Rise in Popularity of eLearning in 2020 (Today’s Training Environment)
With the phasing out of face-to-face communication, the phasing out of face-to-face training and its allied concepts were inevitable as well. This was accelerated by the rapid introductions and advances in eLearning technology, which has quickly evolved from simple slide-based training conducted over a computer to AR-VR training conducted over multi-thousand-dollar devices. Not to mention rapid and precise training delivered on smartphones with limited need for data bandwidth. All these contributed to the steady rise in popularity of eLearning.
This only compounds the infamous Moore’s law which states that technology and its use doubles every 18 months.
eLearning’s market share rose from $176.12 billion in 2017 to $200 billion in 2019. It is expected to reach $398 billion by 2026 according to Global Market Insights.
Here is a quick comparison on eLearning technology and how it’s going to increase in the coming years.
Perpetual improvement fuels eLearning’s rapid increase in demand. It’s the result of learning technologies and their associated advantages.
At eNyota Learning, we have increased our offerings by ten-fold since 2007 (founding year) by including some of the most advanced eLearning offerings as a part of our services. Some of our latest offerings include:
True Game-Based eLearning
Immersive Scenario-Based Training
As long as organizations continue to push the boundaries of eLearning offerings, the demand for the technology will only increase. This is because of the range of benefits that eLearning brings with it, such as:
Lesser time consumption
Increase in interest and engagement
Increased knowledge retention
Remote knowledge transfer from subject matter experts
The Rise in Popularity of eLearning in 2020
There is no doubt that organizations are greatly benefiting from the advantages of eLearning. As a result, many top organizations are increasingly switching towards eLearning and steadily phasing out face-to-face training. Hence, It greatly contributes to the sharp rise in popularity of eLearning.
On a concluding note, for a first-time implementer of eLearning or organizations considering eLearning, now is the time to switch. Select training that can offer all the benefits and completely transform your training landscape. Mastering the concept and ensuring that eLearning provides maximum results requires a definite time-period of trial and error before success.