Education has undergone a huge shift during the pandemic. One of the main reasons for it was the social distancing norms followed during this period, which prohibited the students from having an access to being physically present at the venue. Online learning is the new rule now with so many professionals turning to MOOCs for boosting their skills as the pandemic affected the required job skills also. Online learning got a boost because laid-off employees wanted to add to their skills to have a stronger resume. While online learning can be imparted to learners, there is the problem of how to give them credits i.e. Credentialing.
Credentialing is not a problem with MOOC’s because although the course is imparted through online learning; it is always imparted through a university that grants a certificate after the course finishes.
However, some MOOCs offer nano-degree programs which involve that the learner completes some projects before the certificate of completion is issued to him. Nano degree programs are preferred by working professionals these days because they don’t have time to attend regular courses. Also, on the other hand, nano-degree programs have the best placements because companies value the skills acquired by learners in these programs. Elearning companies in India prepare the content of such programs with specialized SME’s. The elearning companies provide the projects for such programs. The industry experts have helped in designing such projects and confirm whether they meet the competency standards required for a certain domain.
These programs have become crucial for companies because there has been a change to a digitalized workplace now and employees need new skills to adapt to such a transition. Companies today need to protect themselves from faulty software, cybersecurity attacks and data losses that can cause closure of business.
However, companies need to hire professionals who are skilled and can handle such problems with ease.
These programs also involve the LMS that makes sure that learners can access the course content and there are webcasts which the learners can watch in their spare time. Hospitals use such content to impart training to employees. Also, such programs are necessary to make sure employees get accreditation as per the compliance rules of this industry.
These online learning courses also consist of workforce assessments that, make sure that the learners are tested before they begin the course. When the results of such pre-assessments are yielded, learners get advice about which skill sets do they need further.
Since the elearning companies manage the execution of such courses, they provide a dashboard from which universities can check how many students have enrolled and how are they proceeding. If the university has a tie-up with a company, the latter can also check whether employees are registering for the course or not.
Companies should provide employees with such courses rather than hiring someone to replace them because advertising for such vacancies costs a lot. It’s also true that companies sometimes find it tough to get such talented individuals because they need higher salaries which are unaffordable. So, reskilling employees, is the practical way out. Companies need IT skills because they make sure work processes can be upgraded to suit customer’s and employee’s needs. But then the employees need to be trained to use such upgraded IT systems. Then, the ROI of the business can be increased due to the heightened speed of employees and better customer satisfaction rate.