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The evolution of digital has changed the way we live, work, and how we learn. Gone are the days of having to travel to sit in a classroom to complete a certification or enablement requirement. Of course this isn’t entirely new, online classes have been available for over a decade. But as is the case with digital transformation, learning is changing too – and it has to, in order to be relevant. There also needs to be a learning environment that matches the user’s style. For example, I’m a visual learner, but others may do better with the written word or lectures. Whatever the case, a recorded eLearning doesn’t cut it anymore.

Learners want to interact, collaborate, and share their experiences. Because in the digital age if we don’t share it, did it really happen? I’m kidding, of course. But sharing is a huge component of the learning experience. Bringing together disparate learning styles will help everyone retain and apply information better and faster. Up until now we haven’t really addressed the need to suit different learning styles, but that’s about to change.

There’s no doubt that online enablement makes sense, companies are saving big time on travel costs and by not pulling personnel out of the field for extended periods of time (as well as inconvenient periods of time).

But what is lost without face-to-face interaction? And how are we meeting the variety of needs of those seeking to become enabled? If online training is merely a recorded e-learning with no social component the experience may not meet the needs of the student.

So how does learning evolve in the digital age? There needs to be a cohesive experience that connects learning and engagement, student-to-student as well as student-to-instructor. This goes beyond training and delves into social platforms which allows for discussion and collaboration. An advantage of online social engagement versus face-to-face is that the conversation can continue, virtually, as long as you want it to. Learners can access discussion rooms 24 x 7 x 365 and keep the collaboration going.

And perhaps one of the biggest advantages of the virtual discussion is that you’re not limited to the people in the room on the day of your in-person training. With Collaboration Rooms, the virtual discussion will include a much wider variety of people both in, and outside of SAP – giving you access to more SAP experts than ever before.

See how we’re working to create one cohesive Digital Partner Enablement Platform.