Pros and Cons of E-Learning

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More people are getting access to the internet day after day. With this and continuous advances in technology, e-learning continues to grow, and it is here to stay. E-learning enables students and employees of companies to access continuing education and training without having to attend physical classes and seminars. But as with other technological advancements, e-learning also has a downside to it. Here are the pros and cons of e-learning.

 

Pros

1. Access

This is probably the main advantage of e-learning, especially to multinationals and distant learning students. It gives information and training access to employees of multinationals via cloud computing. Thus all employees go through similar training, which not only bridges the inequality gap but also helps in managing the progress of employees across the globe. Even if a company is in one continent or country, they can still benefit from the ease of access offered by e-learning. Distant learning students get access to learning materials and even tutors without physically attending classes.

2. Saves Cost

When compared to instructor-lead pieces of training, e-learning is much cheaper. It does not involve costs such as transport, hiring training conferences, paying an instructor, buying books, and reading materials. Saving costs is something everyone and especially a finance manager, smiles at. Irrespective of the budget, it is possible to find an e-learning solution that meets your company’s needs and preferences.

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3. Ease of Use

Given the number of hours human beings spend interacting with technology, most e-learning platforms are easy to use. Choose a user-friendly platform for your organization or school to ensure that even the not so tech-savvy people can easily navigate the platforms with a few instructions.

Other pros of e-learning include time flexibility, it can be tailored to the employees’ needs, saves traveling time, and it is easily available on demand.

 

Cons

1. Isolation

Although e-learning gives people wider access to information, it leads to isolation. There is no one on one interaction with other trainees or trainers. This means that employees don’t get to socialize, network, and learn from colleagues. It also means that employees don’t get immediate answers to your questions. The lack of the classroom effect may lead to lack of motivation and boredom.

 

2. Tech Challenges

Even though most people are conversant with technology, e-learning posses a challenge to those who are not tech-savvy. It is even harder if they don’t use computers often. Other tech challenges include poor internet connection, device incompatibility, and lack of unique browser requirements.

 

3. Lack of Learning Control

E-learning gives students and employees control over how and when to learn. The flexibility and freedom can result in some falling behind schedule or not paying attention to the information. This can fail to achieve the purpose of the training. To mitigate this, the company can have frequent evaluations related to the training.
E-learning has pros and cons with an equally big impact. But when used strategically and implemented properly with great consideration in mitigating the effects of its cons, e-learning can positively change a school or company’s training model.