Posted: 19 Mar. 2020 5 min. read

Leading practices for remote learning during COVID-19

Posted by Michael GriffithsJulie Hiipakka, and Elam Lantz on March 19, 2020.

The coronavirus outbreak is resulting in an ever-increasing list of companies, conferences, and other engagements to turn to remote learning. For some organizations that already leverage remote learning, this may not be a significant change. But for others who rely on face-to-face collaboration, in-person knowledge sharing, or management by proximity, providing learning opportunities virtually may not come naturally.

To be able to thrive, many organizations and their workers need to work and learn in a different way. How can organizations rapidly pivot?

A few methods can help organizations rapidly switch gears to transition to a remote learning environment. This is an opportunity to build critical virtual collaboration capabilities within workforces as many adjust to the “new normal” of virtual work and learning.

Leading practices for remote learning

Michael Griffiths is a principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP and leads Deloitte’s Learning & Leadership Consulting practice in North America.

Julie Hiipakka is a vice president and the learning research leader at Bersin™, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Elam Lantz is a senior consultant in Deloitte’s Learning & Leadership Consulting practice.

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Michael Griffiths

Michael Griffiths

Principal, Lead for Learning Consulting Practice

Michael leads Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Learning Consulting practice in North America. He focuses on working with global clients on building high-performance businesses that drive growth and optimization through talent and learning. Prior to joining Deloitte, Michael led the Learning Strategy business for a Big Four firm and was the head of training for a major online retailer in the UK. He has more than 20 years of experience leading key programs at market-leading clients, including running the learning and change management office for a top-tier merger in the Financial Services industry and driving learning transformation for a global brand in the food and beverage industry. Michael has presented at the Chief Learning Officer annual conference and has won learning program awards with his clients. He also lectures on learning at NYU School of Continuing Education.

Julie Hiipakka

Julie Hiipakka

Vice President | Learning Research Leader

Julie leads learning research for Deloitte. Julie has more than 20 years of experience in learning and development, talent management, and recruitment in consulting and in-house roles. Her practitioner experience includes creating global onboarding programs, using peer-created learning within leadership training, multiple mergers and integrations, and leading a globally distributed team. Julie helps organizations create business impact by connecting learning, talent, and organizational change efforts to organizational goals and strategy. A certified professional in Learning and Performance, Julie holds a master’s degree in communication from Florida State University.