Advantages and Disadvantages of E-learning

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Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of e-learning.
When considering the introduction of e-learning for training, certification, and school education, understanding the merits and demerits of e-learning will ensure smooth implementation and operation.
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What are the benefits of e-learning?

First, let’s take a look at the benefits of e-learning.

No time and place constraints

e-learning over the Internet allows you to take courses at your seat without being constrained by time or location. It also saves the educators the time and effort of arranging the venue and preparing the printed materials.

Enables learning according to the student’s convenience and level of understanding

e-learning allows the learner to learn at a time that is convenient for them. In addition, you can expect a high educational effect because you can learn over and over again according to your level of understanding.

Effectiveness of education is not affected by teacher quality

In mass education, the quality of the instructor may determine the effectiveness of the education, whereas in e-learning, everyone is taking the same content. We are able to provide uniform content regardless of the quality of the instructor or the environment at the time.

Enables quick and thorough implementation of highly urgent matters to be communicated

e-learning is effective when there is an urgent need to share the same information across the entire company, such as when responding to a problem or responding to a new product. Especially in case of emergencies or other times when time is short, we can create materials and educate all sites immediately.

Easy to manage students’ level of understanding and progress

e-learning makes it easy to manage the comprehension and progress of the learners. You can follow up effectively because you are able to understand what the learner does not understand.

Enabling individualized education for each student

In the case of group education, it is not possible to tailor the education to each student, and the education tends to be homogeneous. On the other hand, e-learning can provide appropriate educational programs according to the attributes of the students, etc., so a high educational effect can be expected.

 

What are the disadvantages of e-learning?

Let’s take a look at the disadvantages of e-learning.

Hard to keep students motivated

When implementing e-learning, it is also necessary to consider how to motivate and sustain the learning process.

Not suitable for teaching with practical skills and modifications

e-learning is not suitable for practical skills such as production, or for correcting individual characteristics and habits such as customer service etiquette, so you need to have a way to cover this, such as using a webcam to capture the skills and provide feedback.

Not possible without a network environment or OA equipment

Since e-learning is conducted through the Internet and other means, a line with enough communication bandwidth to deliver the education is required. Also, depending on the content, OA equipment such as speakers, headphones, and high-resolution monitors may be required.

Lack of the right teaching materials makes it less effective

Without the necessary e-learning materials, it’s hard to teach effectively. In addition, creating materials that fit your company can be costly and time consuming.

 

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