Way before COVID-19, life was just simple and ordinary. People were used to doing their normal daily life activities until the coming of the pandemic. The pandemic changed many things and has affected the whole world. It had an impact on various sectors, including the economy and other things. Learning was one of the affected sectors, and solutions had to be quickly found and adapted to the new environment. This post discusses how COVID-19 changed the way people are learning and living.
Before the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 a pandemic, businesses and companies would conduct training and seminars face-to-face. These were undertaken in halls or social gathering places as there was no social distancing at that time. Because of the pandemic, companies and other businesses could no longer conduct these trainings due to the ban of gatherings to help curb the spread of the virus.
However, the lockdown didn’t stop these sessions as companies started conducting them through online platforms. With the help of online tools like Skype and Zoom, trainees can log into these platforms and join the session instead of attending them in person.
Way before the pandemic, most of the people’s workplaces were situated in offices. These offices were either in their workplace headquarters or where employees would attend to their customers or work easily. Nonetheless, this was cut short when the government declared a lockdown, meaning they would change the workplaces for many people.
As a result, the pandemic forced many people to work from home rather than in offices. These changes were challenging for many people. Much of the workforce found working from home didn’t feel the same as working at their offices. Often there was a lack of space or privacy. These changes also affected people who were used to working as a team since it encouraged individualism.
Earlier, meetings were conducted in conference rooms or meeting spaces where these rooms could hold many people in the same place to interact. During these times, coworkers could present their work or projects to their colleagues in conference rooms. This arrangement facilitated quick feedback, interaction, and even good decision-making because it was face-to-face.
However, in the COVID era, holding meetings in conference rooms was impossible as business was shifted to employees working from home. Therefore, such work could only be conducted through online platforms. Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom, have helped curb this issue as it has made it easy for business people to accomplish their meetings while still working in the comfort of their home.
Companies and other businesses were used to holding learning programs for their workers in workshops and seminars using the face-to-face format. However, the coming of COVID-19 prevented this from happening. The government issued rules that were to be adhered to and followed because of the pandemic.
To ensure that their employees continue to acquire upskills and right-skills in their area of specialization, they had to introduce them to e-learning services. E-learning supports helping employees gain essential skills without them being required to be present in the workshops. Although e-learning is a solution, companies can still conduct face-to-face learning programs with particular populations and functions.
The use of videos has assisted a great deal in the way people learn ever since the pandemic started. With in-person programs, people had to move from one place to another to get the required knowledge or information. For example, in a school setting, students had to go to school to attend classes whereby they were taught and gained knowledge. Nevertheless, the genesis of the Covid-19 made schools be closed until further notice.
This change affected students as some were taught online while others had to rely on themselves to learn. The educational videos posted on YouTube and other learning sites immensely helped the students who had to rely on themselves to learn.
The presence of informative videos has helped many people during the quarantine to continue acquiring information. Such videos are one of the techniques people implemented in terms of learning during the lockdown period.
Before the pandemic, one could dress up by wearing an attractive suit or dress for work or attending a function. In some places, it was necessary to be in business attire during workdays. However, following the emergence of the pandemic lockdown, working from home became an ideal solution in curbing the spread of the virus. Working from home meant that it was no longer necessary to be in business attire for many people.
Working from home has caused the culture of proper business attire to deteriorate unless one attends a virtual online meeting. Otherwise, most people adopt casual wear as they need not go to their workplace until the pandemic ends.
COVID-19 has affected every person on the planet in one way or another. However, since humans are adaptable beings, we found workable solutions to this problem. One of the leading solutions is using advanced technology. Technology has assisted profoundly during the pandemic by eliminating some of the work and learning related issues caused by the virus.
- Jonathan Ling, May 29th, 2020, Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Outbreak
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3. Cathy Li and Farah Lalani, April 29th, 2020, Covid-19 Online Digital Learning