Since January 2019, when the Wuhan Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) was discovered in a meat market in Mainland China, a sense of fear has developed in individuals across the world. As time has passed, this virus has turned into a pandemic, with an unknown mortality rate that fluctuates every day. This has evolved people’s reactions to it, as the sense of fear has drastically escalated and created the need to take action. Although there is no cure or vaccination for this disease, doctors and scientists assure people that, by taking great precautionary measures, we can protect ourselves and those around us. Washing hands frequently and covering coughs are logical and basic precautions; however, nothing is stressed as much as the practice of “social distancing”.
At a time when our lives are built around communication, the notion of isolating ourselves seems like a colossal obstacle to our tasks and their effectiveness. However, our era of innovation has made it possible. Following doctors’ advice, many schools and universities across the world have shut down all on-campus activity, and have moved classes and exams online. Numerous companies have also adopted this practice, and asked their employees to work from home.
It is no secret that these decisions were not made lightly. Many are skeptical about the quality of education that can be delivered online, and consider this move a hindrance to effective communication and teamwork within organizations. In addition, the uncertainty of this decision goes beyond the quality of work, and leaves workers fearful of corporations shutting down due to the lack of guaranteed paid leave. In the midst of this uncertainty, we must be grateful to live in an era of innovation, when we can alleviate tremendous pressure from society, both in terms of health—by engaging in social distancing—and in terms of personal and corporate goals, due to the promising returns that online platforms yield.
Many universities, both within the U.S. and worldwide, have adopted online classrooms. This might seem concerning for students who enjoy in-person participation and gain optimum results by engaging with the content in this way; however, with innovative platforms, teachers can create an engaging virtual environment in which class discussions are key. Students can discuss the content with one another, as well as with their professors, and even get feedback on their contributions. This might be bad news for those who were excited to have been relieved of the pressure of their participation grade, but online learning solutions allow educators to track individual participation, and engagement, to an even greater extent than physical classes.
Brick-and-mortar companies, with environments in which communication is inevitable, can become breeding grounds for the virus and its spread. Therefore, it is essential to move as much work as possible to online and remote options. As software and job-specific tools have become increasingly user-friendly, employees can perform their tasks on their personal computers at home. Meetings and presentations can be done virtually, and go well beyond video calls. Employees can customize their meetings based on their needs, share content and allow others to edit and deliver feedback.
Although this is an unpredictable and difficult time in history, it can be revolutionary for the future of innovative learning solutions. At this time, organizations are forced to convert their traditional practices, whether it’s sitting in a classroom or working on a project in an office, to online platforms. By making use of efficient methods, and familiarizing themselves with their benefits, organizations are likely to take advantage of these advancements even after this period of isolation.
At CoreAxis, we have valued online and remote working long before it became a necessity. We believe that our learning packages deliver tremendous efficiency to our clients, due to their custom content and engaging platforms. In order to slow the spread of this virus, and abide by the guidelines for social distancing, we encourage organizations to use these resources. This helps society, as it greatly mitigates health risks, and also assists corporations in continuing to achieve their business goals.