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 Workforce Development Practice

Michael is a partner in Deloitte’s Workforce Transformation practice; specifically leading Deloitte’s Workforce Development market offerings. With a global team, these offerings drive the market in learning transformations, knowledge management, leadership development and assisting clients to become skills- based. He is also the co-lead for Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends research and report. Griffiths is well published in the field of learning and talent, and is the leading market voice on becoming a skills-based organization.

Julie Hiipakka

Julie Hiipakka

Vice President | Learning Research Leader

Julie Hiipakka is a leader in our workforce transformation offering focused on skills-based organizations and workforce development. Prior to her current focus on helping clients implement skills-based talent practices, she led the Learning & Leadership research practice for Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital Research and Sensing offering. She advises clients on learning, workforce architecture, enabling worker and leader performance in the flow of work. A change agent, thought leader and advocate for human-centered work, workforce and workplace practices, Hiipakka has 24 years of experience across learning and development, talent management, and professional services, including as a learning leader in a professional services firm.