Are e-learning or e-classes a better alternative than face-to-face classroom training? It’s important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Or perhaps a blended learning solution is the best path for some.
In some situations, e-learning might be a better option due to cost of travel, schedules, type of material covered, technology available, computer literacy, and training budget.
Classroom-based, instructor-led training is often preferred when collaboration and interaction is an important component of the learning process, or if more direct guidance and feedback from an instructor is necessary.
But the pros and cons can be endlessly discussed. The bottom line is that every situation is different and the quality of instruction, be it online or face-to-face, outweighs all other considerations too numerous to mention here.
HOW TO MAKE E-LEARNING EFFECTIVE
An e-learning program can yield very poor results if little attention was given to the instructional design process. An online training program does not have to fulfill expectations of fancy designs and sophisticated Flash animations. That is too costly and will take considerable time to develop.
Training modules can be designed simply as long as the content is logically sequenced, visually engaging (relevant graphics), brain-friendly (based on cognitive neuroscience principles), creates meaningful connections, makes the learner “think” deeper and broader, and has lots of reviews built in between segments of information.
Bullet points, slide after slide, with narration, is a waste of time. Delivery of information should stimulate the powerful image brain—encourage concrete, visual thinking around abstract concepts or dry data. Some simple ways are storytelling, using metaphors, creating contexts, making information relevant to real life situations, etc. Other techniques are more advanced and can be learned in one of our workshops.
INSTRUCTOR-LED CLASSROOM TRAINING
Likewise, classroom training can be a failed initiative if executed poorly. The words “lecture” and “PowerPoint” come to mind. Traditional teaching methods and the widespread abuse of PowerPoint will not meet the needs of 21st century education. Relying on lectures, data-dumps, thick workbooks, and classroom technology can be counterproductive and disadvantageous.
Instead, we advocate a more dynamic approach to learning and embrace cutting-edge research into how the brain works and how adults learn, and the practical applications of that research. We advocate humanizing the learning environment and using precious time in the classroom to create maximum interaction, collaboration, and social value between learners. Learning is not the passive consumption of information. Learning is the active creation of knowledge.
We encourage you to review the information on either our onsite or public train the trainer courses on this website.