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Why online learning and video conferencing are crucial during COVID-19

Digital platforms are allowing people to work and study during the COVID-19 pandemic, with video conferencing and online learning software leading the way.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has reshaped most aspects of normal life, not least the way we work and study.

Most employees are now working from home rather than their workplaces, while primary, secondary and tertiary students are navigating their lessons remotely.

Fortunately, today’s online video technology allows workers to hold meetings and consultations from almost anywhere with ease.

Likewise, learning management system (LMS) software has revolutionised how we educate people, offering reliable online platforms that are easy to use for educators and pupils.

Here’s a look at how online learning and video conferencing platforms are changing the way we work and learn:

Online learning

Online learning has opened up an array of opportunities for students, educators and businesses, allowing people to learn outside of the traditional classroom.

Schools and universities can use LMS software to deliver educational programs, while businesses can also use LMS software for training.

LMS platforms like Moodle are open-source, so you can tailor the training to an organisation’s needs.

You can create your own online courses, set assignments and exams, and engage students individually and in groups.

For example, a tutor could establish online learning programs through LMS software to teach simple subjects, so they can spend more time teaching complex topics.

Likewise, a business may want to streamline their health and safety training through LMS software, so that new employees can complete the training at their convenience.

Online learning platforms are also useful in delivering professional development courses for workers in regulated industries.

Digital meetings

While working from home (WFH) was gradually becoming popular before the pandemic, the COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically accelerated the work from home phenomenon.

Laptops, mobile phones and internet access have made it easier to complete normal duties from home, however meetings remain a sticking point for many businesses and workers.

That said, there are a range of online video conferencing platforms available for personal and business use – each with different strengths and weaknesses.

Zoom, for example, has become a popular choice for many businesses because it’s free, easy to use, and offers extras like virtual backgrounds.

The Google Hangouts service integrates seamlessly within the Google environment, while Microsoft Teams works well in the Microsoft Office 365 universe.

You can use video conferencing services for internal and external meetings, whether it’s to check in with the team, meet with new customers, or hold consultations with clients.

Need help with LMS or video conferencing?

Creating your own online course with LMS software takes time and the right expertise.

You have to consider content creation, course organisation, user management and monitoring, and much more.

Alternatively, you may need help establishing video conferencing capabilities for your business.

As a full-service marketing agency based in Melbourne, Assemblo can help your business create these platforms, with tailored features to meet your business goals.

For more information, give us a call on (03) 9079 2555 or drop us a note via the contact form below.

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