Top 3 Takeaways from Fosway’s Covid-19 L&D survey

10th May, 2021


In May 2020, Fosway, Europe’s #1 HR industry analyst, surveyed its corporate research network, focusing on L&D directors, managers, and learning technology professionals to find out the impact Covid-19 is having on the Learning and Development industry.

We have highlighted the Top 3 key takeaways from this research, and what each could mean for organisations going forward with their learning strategy.

94% of organisations have changed their strategy and priorities

Priorities and the strategy behind organisations learning and development plans have been greatly been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 94% of contributors stating they have been forced to adapt to the current climate. As predicted, digital learning has become a favourable option within organisations to aid the development of skills and knowledge with a 71% increase in demand.

What this means for organisations, is that with uncertainty comes challenges and questions; what are our objectives? Do we have the skills to achieve our goals? However, alongside this, organisations need to assess where and what they need their employees to develop in a changing world and marketplace. These issues link directly to learning strategy, and the technology that will enable the new remote learning mediums that will have to increase.

Video content is favoured

Although traditional digital learning has had its success, it is perceived that it is now less adapted and organisations are looking at different ways to refresh their strategy to educate employees. Fosway’s survey has shown that video content is the favoured and highest rated content type for e-learning, however, this is closely followed by curated content.

The results of this survey have indicated that video content could be the most effective and is favoured due to the fact that in the current climate, change has played a big factor in the year so far. Video is seen as the most engaging type of content which allows organisations to be more flexible with the learning methods.

Collaboration is key for remote working

84% of L&D leaders think integrating digital learning into other corporate platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Slack, is one of the most important aspects of an a learning strategy for remote working. Fosway also go on to say that collaborative learning platforms are rated the second-highest for success after virtual classrooms.

Having learning content alongside your daily tasks on the platforms and applications your organisation uses, avoids disrupting the flow of work and will be critical to the advancement of learning. Not only this, but it will also truly define and measure the impact allowing L&D departments to assess where to spend their money to get the greatest results, and to pursue the key objectives that drive growth.

The Covid-19 pandemic has inevitably forced organisations to transform their digital content and to re-analyse their strategy to advance learning. Fosway’s survey has confirmed to us that going digital has seen huge changes for the vast majority of organisations and their L&D plans and priorities, however, these results also tell us that L&D may never be the same again as organisations are adapting to the current climate and investing in different methods to develop their L&D plans.