What are the benefits of eLearning vs traditional classroom training?

Traditional classroom training and eLearning are two forms of training you can use to teach your learners about a specific subject or topic. Traditional classroom training is what most of us have encountered and involves an instructor/teacher standing in front of a group of people and teaching them about a subject. eLearning on the other hand is very different, instead of having a classroom and an instructor learners take digital training courses online using technology and is typically taken individually as opposed in a group.


Both traditional classroom training and eLearning have benefits and drawbacks, below are some of the benefits you can get when using eLearning as an alternative to classroom training.


1. Flexibility


One of the main benefits of eLearning when compared to classroom training is its flexibility of when it can be taken. With traditional classroom training it needs to be scheduled at a specific time and you need to find a time that both the instructor and learners can attend. With smaller classes this isn’t as much of a problem but as the classes get larger the chances of attendants not being able to attend increases. In professional environments this can be even more difficult as meetings and other deadlines can impact the attendee’s ability to go to the classroom session. With eLearning learners are able to log in at a time of there choosing and take the training, this means training can be fitted around learners schedules much easier.


2. Pacing


For learners everyone has their own pace when it comes to learning, some learners pick up concepts quicker than others and some need more time to digest what they have learned, in addition to this learners will also have varying levels of knowledge prior to taking the training which means some students can move on quicker than others. When it comes to traditional classroom training this can be challenging, when you have a large group of people with varying levels of knowledge pacing how quickly you go over a subject can be difficult to judge. With eLearning learners can take the training at their own pace, if the learner doesn’t understand a subject they are able to go back and repeat a slide or chapter until they understand, this helps ensure learners can fully understand a subject before moving on.


3. Consistency

When performing classroom training it may vary slightly each time the class is run. Even though the overall subject is taught to the learner things might be said differently or subject area might have slightly more or slightly less attention. When creating the content for an eLearning module you are able to decide on the exact words and phrasing you want to use, this will then be taught to every learner in the exact same way. By doing this it helps to ensure consistency in the courses and ensures there is no deviation in what is being taught, each learner is receiving the exact same learning content and will be taught the subject in the same way.


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