18.03.2020

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented situation in Germany. Borders are strictly controlled, schools and daycare centers are closing, public life is shutting down to a minimum – and offices are empty. Because of the coronavirus, a state of exception is in effect throughout Germany, which has also abruptly changed the everyday working lives of many companies. For example, employees are no longer able to take part in training courses that have already been booked and are essential for their work.

This is therefore a good time to think about what training and continuing education in companies could look like in the future.

One option: digital learning tools. At Nunatak, we have been testing this concept for several months. But before we go into detail about our experiences so far, here is a selection of suitable tools, all of which are characterized by specific expertise and a wide range of offerings for different industries:

1) LinkedIn Learning

The world’s largest business platform, LinkedIn offers a large media library for continuing education, with short videos as well as videos that are each several hours in length. Experts from the fields of business, technology and creativity share their knowledge in more than 15,000 online courses. If a user of the learning platform also has a normal LinkedIn profile, he/she will also receive personalized suggestions for learning units in his/her news feed. The selection is tailored to the interests and skills indicated in the user profile. So-called Learning Paths also enable the administrator of the LinkedIn learning system within a company to put together a targeted learning offer for special groups – for example, all accountants. At the end of a course, participants receive a certificate.

Costs: 

  • Free demo for one month, afterwards 29.49 euros per month
  • Access is already included in various Premium Profiles
  • Companies must request an individual offer

Learning emphasis:

Available in:

  • English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin and Brazilian Portuguese

Click here for further information about LinkedIn Learning

2) Coursera

The platform was founded in 2012 by the two Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. They put their university courses online so that more people could learn from them. Hundreds of the current courses are still freely accessible and offer not only “on-demand” videos, but also assignments for term papers or project work, as well as discussion forums. In addition, there are various premium versions in which practice-related projects, exams and certifications are possible. The certificates can then be listed in the participant’s CV and on LinkedIn. Even bachelor’s and master’s degrees are possible. The learning content for these is created by course instructors and professors worldwide.

Costs: 

  • Free demo for companies, offer must be requested individually
  • Normal premium account starts at 39 US dollars

Learning emphasis:

  • Computing, economics, information technology, personal development, social sciences, languages, physics and engineering, mathematics and logic, health, arts and humanities

Available in:

  • about 30 languages (using subtitles)

Click here for further information about Coursera

3) edX

This is a non-profit platform jointly founded in 2012 by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). edX offers companies various online courses from leading international universities to develop employees according to their needs and in a particularly cost-effective way. In addition to Harvard and MIT, Oxford University and companies such as Microsoft are also involved in the design of the training courses. The courses can be completed via individual access points or integrated into an existing company-internal learning network.

Costs:

  • Free demo for companies, subsequent offer must be obtained individually

Learning emphasis:

Available in:

  • English and Spanish

Click here for further information about edX

4) Udemy

Udemy for Business curates videos from a current offering of approximately 130,000 online courses and makes them available to its subscribers. A course’s rating is based on the number of enrollments, qualitative feedback from previous users, the reputation of the video creators, and the relevance and demand for the topic in question. It is also possible to add the “International Content” package. This includes videos recorded by experts in their native language. This offer is currently only available in German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.

Costs

  • Teams of 5 to 20 employees receive a two-week trial and can then finalize an offered price of 240 US dollars per year, per employee
  • Companies with more than 20 employees will receive a free demo version, which contains more extensive functions than the team version. A subsequent offer must be requested individually

Learning emphasis:

  • Development, IT Operations, Leadership & Management, Marketing, Personal Development, Project Management & Operations

Available in:

  • more than 60 languages, including English, German and Spanish

Click here for further information about Udemy

5) Lecturio

This Germany-based platform offers around 7,000 online courses to date. The offer can also be integrated into the company’s own systems. Besides an app, Lecturio also offers a cloud solution. This allows employees to view their current performance status on all end devices. In addition, companies can integrate specially created learning content on the platform, so that employees can access both third-party content and in-house training courses.

Costs: 

  • Lecturio Business Flat for up to 250 employees per year: 9,900 euros
  • A demo version must be requested individually

Learning emphasis:

  • Software & Programming, Accounting & Taxes, Law, Economics, Medicine, Leisure & Health, Languages

Available in:

  • German, partially in English

Click here for further information about Lecturio

Experience with LinkedIn Learning at Nunatak

Providing training using digital learning tools is one thing – but what should companies watch for in order to provide the best possible training for all employees? “The use of such tools must be lived by the entire company,” says Silke Fischbach, HR Lead and responsible for the company-wide use of LinkedIn Learning at Nunatak. “In addition, there needs to be a central contact person who is in charge of the selection and recommendation of the video training courses,” adds consultant Anna Lena Sperfeld. “Without a focus on appropriate and meaningful content, it is easy to spend hours scrolling through the many videos without having watched even one of them completely.”

One hurdle that Nunatak is currently still working on: time. When should and can an employee take the appropriate time for the learning tool? In contrast to traditional training courses, you are no longer away from your office – and thus freed from your everyday work – for several hours at a time. Sperfeld and Fischbach therefore recommend setting a learning target of 30 minutes per week. Thanks to the “on-demand” offer, employees can access the material anytime and anywhere, such as with LinkedIn Learning, for example, and also via the Learning App created especially for this purpose. The short learning units can be integrated into short breaks between appointments or at the end of the working day. A further advantage: “The training courses can be put together individually. Depending on the interests and knowledge level of the employee. This results in personal added value for each employee,” explains Anna Lena Sperfeld.

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