What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of eLearning

advantages of elearning

eLearning has grown enormously in popularity over recent years and is fast becoming the go-to method of training for organisations, businesses and individuals. If you are new to eLearning and considering if it is for you or your company, the following advantages and disadvantages should help you decide. 

Advantages 

Low cost

Traditional instructor led training often involves the booking of a venue, catering, travel and materials. This is before the costs for the training itself and time lost from the working day. Training often spans an entire morning or days and presents a great disruption to the working day. 

E-learning presents a straightforward and sensible alternative to this. Elearning offers great benefits to the individual and organisation and vastly reduces the training time as:

  • •Learners are in control and can study at their own pace
  • •There are less distractions from others
  • •During classroom training issues can go off topic and waste time
  • •There are no introductions or housekeeping necessary
  • •Learners can skip topics which are not relevant to them
  • •There is no travel time

Learner benefits

For learner the greatest advantage to eLearning is the freedom to complete courses in their own time in a tailored and flexible way:

Flexibility 

Learning can complete courses at home, in the office, even on public transport! The possibilities are endless. As long as the learner has access to a laptop they can complete courses wherever they choose. Perhaps your work is in a remote location? This can be very difficult for training. With eLearning this is not a problem, as it can be delivered anywhere, remote locations pose no problems. 

Time management

E-learning also allows you to study at a time that suits you. If you’re a night owl who often works best late at night, this is no problem at all. We live and work in 24 hour environment now and there is no reason for training to be any different. Why shouldn’t you study at a time which suits you? This is perfect for anyone juggling children, working unsociable hours or needing to fit training in whenever they can. There is no need to compromise and lose time and money. And you can work at your own pace, completing a little at a time or doing it all at once, it’s up to you!

Tailored training

As a result of this, there is no pressure. Most of us have been in a classroom environment and not felt confident about the subject. Perhaps the training is moving too quickly or you are interested in a particular topic and would like to go over it again. E-learning allows you to move through the training entirely at your own pace.

It’s also great for the environment

When considering the environment, online courses are a no-brainer. With less travel and materials  it promotes a much more environmentally friendly way to deliver training. 

Disadvantages

Learners with low motivation could fall behind when using eLearning as the onus is on them to do it in their own time. This lack of a fixed schedule can mean eLearning can compete with various deadlines often given to different people at different stages of their learning. But, one you are aware of this you can factor this in and make sure your employees do prioritise it and make time for them to do so. 

Also it can sometimes help to be in a room with an instructor. Some questions are more easily answered when face to face with someone. However, our eLearning courses are designed to cover every aspect of a topic and learners can revisit sections as many times as they wish. For some courses we also encourage a classroom based courses alongside, to enhance the learning and cover all bases. 

Conclusion – eLearning is effective!

This is the greatest benefit of eLearning. Of course, the purpose of any training is to learn something and be able to apply it. Many studies have concluded that eLearning is highly effective, much more so than traditional classroom methods of training. With flexibility, tailored courses, no pressure and by having control over the process, learners are much more likely to take in, retain and apply the information they have learnt. And this has endless benefits for the individual and organisation.