Digital learning: Being successful in a post-pandemic world

Following David Wilson’s over-subscribed session at the 2020 Learning Technologies Summer Forum, we hope you’ll find the following resources and downloads useful. As the response to the COVID-19 pandemic shifts gears across Europe, our ongoing research takes a snapshot of the initial impact it is having on corporate Learning & Development. It is our aim to cut through the noise and understand how the changes to working and learning are affecting L&D budgets and spend – but also what’s working and what’s not in supporting people through this tough time. Here are the headlines and infographic that David explored in his session:

  • Learning priorities and L&D strategy have changed for 94% of organisations in response to the pandemic, with two in three making significant changes to what they do and how they do it.
  • Unsurprisingly, there has been a major swing to digital learning, with spend increasing on almost all areas of digital, led by content. 82% report that demand for digital learning has increased from senior stakeholders, whilst 71% have experienced an increased demand for digital learning content from learners themselves.
  • Traditional e-learning shows signs of waning both in terms of adoption but significantly in terms of perceived success. Video content is the highest rated in supporting organisations throughout the COVID-19 crisis to date, closely followed by curated content. Bespoke e-learning, off-the-shelf courses and blended learning are all reported to be less successful.
  • Meanwhile, as people get used to working remotely and in virtual teams, collaboration is becoming a key priority. 84% of L&D leaders think it is more important to integrate digital learning into other corporate platforms like Microsoft Teams, Slack and Trello for example.
Fosway Research - COVID-19 L&D Impact Infographic


With 95% of learning leaders saying L&D will never be the same again as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, what will digital learning look like going forwards? David Wilson, CEO of Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 HR Industry Analyst, shared new research into what’s working in organisations right now and the key things to consider as you build out a new-look digital learning ecosystem. The session explored:

• What’s changed in L&D as a result of the crisis
• Where the new opportunities lie for digital learning
• Why integration and collaboration is critical
• Where to disrupt – what approaches make a real difference


Our analysts are constantly monitoring what’s going on in digital learning. Here are just some of our recent insights and research outputs which might prove useful as you navigate this post-pandemic world. And if you’d like to talk to a member of our team about your current challenges and how we can help, just contact Michael Fearn on [email protected].

Learning Now TV: COVID-19 and L&D with David Perring
Learning Hack Podcast: Out of lockdown with David Wilson
2020 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems
2020 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Digital Learning
Digital Learning Realities research
Learning Technology Buyers Guide
More latest research…

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