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We’re no longer limited by classroom sizes—learning is officially taking place online. Whether you’re taking a virtual masterclass to acquire a new skill, learning a language through an app, or continuing your career education through an online program, the digital transformation has changed how we think about learning. In 2020, we saw this transformation touch every aspect of work, learning, and socialization. And while all of this was a trying time for us, it certainly yielded progress in technology that has transformed our world for the better.

Education in the workplace can be training-centered or be designed to help employees stay competitive in their field by rounding out their skills. Either way, in 2021, employers are leaning toward virtual training options to keep their companies on track. As many companies grapple with hybrid workforces, or even continue to work remotely, a company’s decision to make education and training available online should be the new normal. Here are three reasons I think digital learning software is the best investment for your company in 2021.

Digital Learning Expands Your Scope of Resources

Social media platforms, online networking sites, and even virtual resources have shown us one thing: the internet makes us more connected, and makes more information readily available to us. This is an incredible asset, especially in terms of education. Now, learning can take place online and expand the scope of digital resources.

Did you know there is a trend toward digital medical training and continuing education? A 2020 Stanford Medicine Health Trends Report found that nearly half of all physicians (47%) and three quarters of medical students (73%) said that they are currently seeking out additional training or classes to better prepare themselves for innovations in health care. Physicians are drawing from each other’s expertise through a virtual learning platform specifically created for the field of medicine.

The forum, called Figure 1, is a secure peer-to-peer global platform and community for healthcare professionals. Here, clinicians can share their case-based medical knowledge in real-time to better diagnose and treat patients. The platform connects medical students, early career and seasoned medical doctors to explore and learn in an unprecedented way, with a worldwide collective medical knowledge sharing capability that you can’t get through a text book or through individual experience. The platform also seamlessly integrates essential learning modalities—visual, aural, intersocial, and intrapersonal learning resources. HCP members can even earn continuing medical education (CME) hours at their convenience. Digital medical learning tools like this one are a much needed improvement that helps to ease physician burnout and meet the needs of their extraordinarily busy lifestyles.

Digital learning platforms make more information available to users, making them an essential tool in the workforce. They foster a more collaborative environment, and promote the overall welfare of caregivers and their patients (or employees and their clients).

Online Training Keep the Workforce Competitive 

Training is a part of most professional careers, but it must go beyond initial employee onboarding. If you want to stay competitive in your field, you need to be up-to-date on the latest trends, practices, systems and technologies. As a company, make sure you provide your employees with learning opportunities to enhance their careers. On top of all of that, many careers—especially in more technical fields like medicine—require regular training updates.

The American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery provides this type of learning experience for their clients instead of requiring aesthetic medical practitioners to travel across the country for updates in their education, making them more likely to participate. The platform offers synchronous and asynchronous accredited continuing education (or CE) courses, which helps healthcare professionals stay on track with the latest developments in their fields.

Virtual Learning Should Not Be Limited By Location

Elements of digital life—like social media connection, virtual communication, or online learning—are more accessible because they are not limited by location. This is one of the benefits of a virtual learning management system (LMS): you can get the information to your employees no matter where they are. ExpertusONE provides one such platform that is easily integrated into existing systems your company may be using (like Salesforce or Slack). This is an essential element if you want training to be accessible for your employees: don’t make them learn another new system.

Virtual learning systems help companies meet their employees where they are and get the best training resources available. Scheduling is simplified, especially in an age of remote or hybrid work, and workers can complete their training on their own time. Experts have said that the 9 to 5 workday is dead. It’s essential that employers adapt to their employees needs and provide resources that work with the new challenges of varied schedules.

If you’re uncertain of your next step as a business leader, this is it: invest in educational tools for your employees. Make it possible for them to continue their education, and make that information accessible. The digital transformation has shifted how we learn, but it’s changed for the better.