E–learning vs traditional learning, which one is better?
The World is changing and education technology has to change with the world. The use of technology in the learning process helps students in better learning and increase their engagement in educational activities.
Use of technology improves the learning process and helps in achieving a higher score for your students. With constant changes in technology from all different programs, let’s take a look at the advantages of an e-learning v/s classroom education and examine how each type of education impacts the students.
Social Interaction: Interactive sessions between the students through brainstorming and group discussions help learning more effectively. Although this strategy is quite popular in the traditional classroom approach, it does not mean this cannot be implemented in online training.
Unlike hands raised, questions asked and answered, presentations delivered, etc. in traditional classroom training, online training involves social forums, chatrooms, discussion boards, etc. The instructor here needs to take utmost care by giving proper instructions on the discussion topic, answer questions and intervene when the discussion goes out of control.
Personalized learning: It often happens in traditional classrooms that a lot of information is presented in a few moments, making it difficult for the students to pay attention and retain them. e-learning automatically takes away time constraint from the learning process, enabling the learner to decide how much to take in.
Comfort: Attending classroom training continuously for hours causes lots of stress and backache. Besides, there is a threat of missing information during a break. Online training gives the flexibility of accessing the study materials from home, which in return comes in handy from the comfort of your home.
Costs: Speed and ease of delivery have a considerable effect on costs, no matter what the mode of delivery is. Elearning meets this requirement of professionals and organizations these days, which helps them save some money. The professionals save money in traveling, buying stationery items, accommodation, and so on.
One real-life example is Compass Group, which is said to have experienced a cost reduction of about £495K on expenses related to travel, accommodation and business timeout of trainers or materials.
Learning Time: As mentioned earlier, agility is one of the biggest metrics to measure the effectiveness of training. It is estimated that eLearning takes 40% to 75% less time than classroom training for a particular course.
As the learners prefer to take a small duration of learning over more number of days, it is getting important for the course designers or subject matter experts to frame the content of the courses into smaller ‘chunks’. This enables learners to learn in a personalized fashion, with proper feedback.
Accessibility of Instructional Materials: Students or professionals who go for classroom training, know that the instructions are delivered verbally, which are sometimes complemented by visual aids. On top of that, often find it hard to take notes on the chapter manually. Online training replaces the traditional classroom instructor with written and visual materials that are well structured in smaller chunks. Those materials are also accessible after the learning period which helps the student to go through once again to understand better and remember more.
Unlike traditional learning, e-learning and its platform-based ecosystem provide highly educated, yet independent tutors or instructors that are more suitable to focus on individuals or small groups. E-learning usually works best when it follows the one instructor – one learner principle, which creates more space and freedom for engaging students in the learning process. On the other hand, traditional forms of learning allow teachers to work in larger groups or classroom-based lectures, which makes it that much easier to implement pure teamwork
E-learning is also great for a learner-centered thinking process that makes the learner the #1 priority of any teacher
Traditional learning has great advantages too, it’s very difficult to simulate the same kind of face to face social environment in eLearning. The teachers will be able to get direct feedback from the participants from the body language and clues and use that to adapt the teaching
Gone are the days when you had to get dressed, refuel your vehicle and spend time on roads to attend a class. Online training enables participants to enjoy a hassle-free leaning
I think the future is in blended learning, where the power of eLearning will be combined with the long history of traditional learning.
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