When you think of eLearning you tend to think of mandatory compliance training or health and safety at work assessments.  

However, with the developments around Covid-19 (Coronavirus), China is embracing eLearning and online/virtual learning as an alternative way to keep the education system moving.

As families self isolate and schools shut down for potentially months, it's no surprise that the government and families are looking at options.

I'm writing this on the train to London which is like a ghost train.  The platform at 6.30am this morning was deserted.  

It's a sign that, where possible, employees are removing themselves from the risk of contracting the virus and staying away from cities or places of congestion.

Where people can work remotely, they will.  However, some roles inevitably involve travelling - sales for example.  

Without seeing customers, you have a grounded sales team that now need to embrace digital ways of building relationships for the foreseeable future.  

Whilst most employees dread the idea of digital learning, remote education (webinars) and eLearning can be engaging platforms when executed correctly.  

HubSpot is a superb example.  Their academy modules are informative, engaging and fun (also slightly addictive). They invest in supporting assets and material to support learning.  For me, they set the gold standard by which we, at Tribal, benchmark our Social Business eLearning upon. 

As we watch the virus take its course, businesses should consider innovative ways to enable, educate and re-activate their self isolated employees in a way that keeps the business productive.   

It's an ideal time to digitally up-skill and start encouraging a culture of lifelong learning especially since many employees feel their jobs are threatened by automation and look to their employers for retaining (Edelman Trust Barometer 2020).