Online learning goes beyond the limits of the classroom to make learning accessible to anyone and everyone. Offering unlimited possibilities for both students and workers to engage with and learn new information, eLearning has proven to be the efficient, cost effective teaching method of choice for both business teams and individuals.
Below we’ve outlined a few key strengths eLearning has over the classroom teaching. From our experience, it’s the online classroom that comes out on top!
1) Practical Learning Environment
Setting plays a crucial role in effective teaching, and learning and eLearning and the online environment is no different! Compared to the conventional classroom setting, online training always caters to the individual’s personal learning environment, even if it’s completed in a group. It’s also the most practical option as the participant can complete the course anytime, anywhere!
2) Accommodates Different Learning Styles
One of the disadvantages of classroom learning is that teaching is restricted to instructors and physical prescience of a teacher. With eLearning, there are unlimited possibilities for participants to engage with material and acquire knowledge by using interactive, engaging multimedia and activities. Video, audio, animation and graphics not only enhance content, but also add a ‘human touch’ and personal interaction to the method of learning to cater for the many different types of learner. For more information on the different learning styles, consult our blog .
3) Personalised Learning Experience
Depending on the time restrictions of both instructors and students, traditional classroom teaching normally involves instructors teaching a bulk amount of information within a short period of time. While it is economical to teach 16 hours worth of content over to two days, the amount of information can overload the learner!
This issue is completely avoided with online learning, because content is organised into smaller packages, so participants can retain information more easily and can access anytime, anywhere without feeling overwhelmed. Learners can also skim material if they feel they have already mastered a particular section and focus on the areas they feel needs improving.
4) Clearer, Concise Information
Content presented in an online course is completely different to content projected in the classroom. When developing eLearning material, we are aware that learners like to scan pages quickly, so online courses present information in a way that is concise and quick with bullet points, strong headings and short paragraphs.
5) Greater Sense of Achievement and Responsibility
With online training, participants are motivated to take responsibility for their own learning. Upon completion, participants are left with a stronger self-knowledge and self-confidence in their own learning capabilities. They feel a sense of achievement that they have earned and completed the course for themselves without the guidance or pushing of a classroom teacher.
6) Fosters Social Interaction
Meeting with instructors can be difficult in a classroom setting as their time is restricted or a time has to be predetermined to meet with them. Even though eLearning is a solitary activity, it fosters more direct social interact between students and instructors as methods of communication are more practical.
Traditional classroom teaching will always have a place in society throughout various educational institutions, but with eLearning, the classroom can be in your living room, library or anywhere that is the best suited learning environment for the participant. While the traditional teaching method will always remain uniform, technologies constant improvements continuously push eLearning forward, meaning we can always expect new methods of improved, integrated and interactive learning in the future!