Online training has grown in popularity over the past decade due in large part to the ease with which learning professionals can develop and deliver online training. Rapid eLearning authoring tools and web-based learning management systems have fueled this ease, and as more companies are dispersed in multiple offices, classroom training has become an expensive endeavor. The convergence of eLearning tools and highly dispersed working environments has created a perfect storm for why online training could replace much of the traditional classroom training that occurs in organizations today.
learning online and Classroom Training are different, each having its own advantages and disadvantages.
E-learning is a very effective way to deliver training and I would like to share how Training Mangers can overcome the drawbacks of Classroom Training through e-learning, to manage their training effectively.
- Unlike classroom training, online training does not require a trainer. Learners can learn by themselves (self-learning).
- Classroom training is limited to a certain place, time and number of people, unlike e-learning where it is possible to train global learners.
- Classroom training is not usually repeated where as with e-learning, it is possible to take the course multiple times.
- Any updates/ changes in the organizational processes can be easily communicated globally through e-learning.
- Classroom materials do not really motivate learners where as with e-learning; you can motivate them with great visuals, friendly audio narration, gaming interactivities and videos.
- E-learning is cost effective, and allows you to translate your e-learning into multiple languages and deliver the training globally.
- Classroom training requires Training Managers to travel and stay in the training place where as with e-learning, travelling time and cost can be avoided.
- E-learning gives learners the freedom to take the course at their own pace and also navigate to topics of their choice.
- Classroom training is one time learning where as e-learning allows learners to revisit the learning and test their knowledge until they master the necessary skills.
- Classroom training is dependent on trainer’s performance and their emotional state. Whereas e-learning is not and will give learners a same learning platform without any imbalances.
E-learning is an effective way for organizational training to improve productivity. E-learning is accessible ANY TIME, ANY PLACE to train your employees globally. Classroom training is time and cost consuming, where Training Managers have to schedule the training, book the training area, and plan for the learners, who in turn have to include the training in their schedules. All these pain points can be solved by e-learning!
Some of the Advantages & Dis-Advantages of Online & Traditional Training:
Advantages of Online Education
1. More flexibility for students who work full-time
2. The ability to complete assignments at times when it is most convenient
3. The ability to obtain a degree from a school in another state without moving
4. This form of education is ideal for military students
5. Less Travel
Disadvantages of Online Education
1. Less direct contact with students and professors
2. Limited opportunities for student and campus activities
3. Subject to “technical difficulties” and software crashes
Advantages of Traditional Education
1. Direct contact with teachers, students, and advisors
2. More access to campus activities
3. More suitable for hands on training
Disadvantages of Traditional Education
1. Less flexibility in class scheduling
2. Less cost effective
3. More travel to and from class