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Digitization is still a constant companion in our lives, both private and professional. Education is also affected. How far has the digitization of educational courses advanced? Where are the companies? What is already being used?

Current results

That Institute of German Economics (IW) dealt with the topic of digitization of training in her publication Study 01/2020 “Training company 4.0 – Digitization of in-house training”, which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. They used the IW results for thisStaff Panels 2019, which was a corporate survey. 1061 companies participated. The content of the training was included as well as the methods by which it would be delivered.

intensity of argumentation

When asked whether companies have already dealt with the digitization of training, 36 percent he stated, that’s it (very intense make. IW sees this engagement with a topic as strategic or systematic.

In addition, there is a connection between Use of new and digital technologies and the extent of preoccupation with the topic of digitization of training. company with more deployed technologies they should also have themselves dealt with this topic more intensively.

Also industry, in which the company is based, apparently has an influence on the intensity of processing the topic. company in service industry should more dealt with digitization of training as such in industry and construction (24.5 percent dealt with it (very) intensively). The dispute is particularly large in the business-related services sector (42.1 percent).

Finally, play them company size role. larger companies would make themselves clear more intense devoted to the topic (53.2 percent devoted themselves to it (very) intensively) as small (35.8 percent) and medium (35.4 percent).

Digital skills and knowledge

The next step was to see what digital skills and knowledge would be taught in the training. The most intense would be Professional or industry-specific software is used (70.8 percent follow it (very) intensively). According to IW, it is therefore important for companies to transfer IT user knowledge. That Independent solution of emerging application problems digital things, on the other hand, are (very) intensively mediated by only 18.4 percent and are therefore at the top penultimate place before Creating simple applications or programs (22 percent).

and Appropriate communication with colleagues, customers and business partners through digital channels followed in second place (61.3 percent would watch it (very) intensively). and Use of digital tools for team collaboration However, only 43.6 percent follow it (very) intensively.

The topic is also (very) intensively communicated in many companies Data protection and data security (56.7 percent). Also Researching information over the Internetas quality assessment this is (very) intensively monitored or communicated in 52.3 percent of companies. Similarly, many companies have recognized it as knowledge transfer The use of digital media for the learning process trainees (51 percent). The extent to which the operation of digital machines and systems is taught depends largely on the industry of the company.

IW further concluded that most companies (16.8 percent) 5 digital skills and knowledge would mediate. of Average transferred skills 4.3. No skills and knowledge would only 6.3 percent hand over to the company. Here, too, companies from business services industry located at the front, while those from industry and construction would impart fewer skills. Also companies that lots of technology from the digital domain would provide students with more skills.

Digital learning opportunities

Furthermore, IW considers using digital learning opportunities to further shed light on the digitization of training. The aim is to find out whether the methods of knowledge transfer have changed in addition to the content. Most often they would Wikis, knowledge libraries and online forums (54.6 percent of companies would use this). 45 percent would go further digital work equipment specifically as learning media put on Another 41.2 percent did Tutorial videos and podcasts use. Web and interactive learning e.g. in the form of webinars, 38.2 percent would use it.

Less commonly used methods include a digital news book (31.1 percent), tutorials which are web-based or computer-based (29.4 percent), measuring learning success in digital form, such as tests taken online (24.5 percent), learning platforms (19.9 percent) a educational games (5.3 percent).

Only 14.7 percent by the company No use methods. Averaged by IW 3.3 methods use. Size With an average of 5 methods, companies would use significantly more than none and medium with only 4.3. Also companies in service industry would reuse multiple methods as well as companies more used digital technologies would use more. That also The extent to which digital skills and knowledge are imparted would affect how many methods are used. The more skills were taught, the more methods were also used.


According to IW, trainers and their level of knowledge are also important for the digitization of training. This seems to be sufficient in most companies. So he gave 58.1 percent assume the coaches do they regularly familiarize themselves with the company’s new digital technologies. There is a connection between The number of technologies used in the company and the proportion of trusted trainers. In companies that use 4 or more technologies, a particularly large number of trainers (80.1 percent) would meet regularly. In companies that use less than 2 technologies, this share is almost half (44 percent).

and Regular further education in terms of content and methods of coaches find in 57.2 percent companies. Still be offers further training in the digital fieldaccording to IW.


From these results on the digitization of training, IW draws the following conclusion. PUSH almost all companies provide digital skills and knowledge would (about 94 percent) and also use many digital methods to learn would (about 85 percent) and more than half of the companies said yes Regularly inform trainers about new technologies (approx. 59 percent), it is clear that companies would already introduce a lot on the topic of digitization in their daily training. Given that only 36 percent reported that they dealt with the topic (very) intensively, according to IW, it can be interpreted that these activities and efforts not strategic, but rather operational could have been created. There is therefore a need for support in this area, as well as in further training of trainers.

Here you will find the study 01/2020 of the Institute of German Economics:

Training company 4.0 – digitization of in-house training

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