Elearning is growing in popularity everyday. Companies are able to utilize it for corporate training solutions among many other uses. It has also been a great boon for the academic industry. One can find all the benefits of elearning online everywhere. However, there are not many who would admit to the disadvantages of electronic learning. Here is a list of both the advantages and disadvantages just to show a more balanced perspective.
Students as well as trainees will be subjected to time pressure when going through most courses. However with elearning, an entire syllabus is further shortened. Therefore, one of two things can happen. Either the syllabus is crammed into a whole online course or lessons are shortened and some are cut out. The latter is most often what happens. This of course can affect the quality of a course.
The advantage here is that online learning will be a lot more practical. A lot of electronic courses can be finished at one’s own pace. Although it may take longer for some, the fact still remains that in this fast moving business environment, practicality takes precedence over everything.
The Stress Element
There are many conveniences to electronic learning (which will also be discussed later). However, despite all of these, there is also a stress element. Students and trainees often turn to elearning online because they already have a full plate and they do not have enough time to go to traditional classroom type of education or training. This means that most electronic learning trainees and students are exposed to a significant amount of pressure and stress which can lead to lower performance in either work or learning.
The stress element is a given to most any kind of learning environment. The good thing about online learning is that it is a lot less stressful compared to the traditional classroom education or training for students who are familiar with the technology and who are independent learners.
Keeping Up With Technology
There are still some people who are not familiar with computer technology. Online learning has most often been hailed as the best solution for providing education to far flung regions where people are poor and cannot afford to go to expensive schools far from their homes. The question here is if they are familiar with the technology or not.
The challenge here is to train them and to help them master the technology before they can start learning. The good thing here is that the “technologically challenged” will be able to learn and familiarize themselves with the technology at the same time.
The Impersonal Medium
This issue is perhaps where most of the debate against electronic learning takes place. A lot of people believe that there is no substitute to face to face teaching. A lot of things will always be lost in translation if the medium of communication is as cold and impersonal.
There are some elearning online courses that feature face to face correspondence between teacher and student or trainee. Of course, that is they are not really face to face but only virtually so through the use of cam and voice chat.