Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Disadvantages of eLearning


One disadvantage of eLearning is that learners need to have access to a computer as well as the Internet. They also need to have computer skills with programs such as word processing, Internet browsers, and e-mail. Without these skills and software it is not possible for the learner to succeed in eLearning.

eLearners need to be very comfortable using a computer. Slow Internet connections or older computers may make accessing course materials difficult. This may cause the learners to get frustrated and give up.

Software and Files

Another disadvantage of e-learning is managing computer files, software comfortability  and learning new software, including eLearning. For learners with beginner-level computer skills it can sometimes seem complex to keep their computer files organized. The lesson points you to download a file which the learner does and later cannot find the file. The file is downloaded to the folder the computer automatically opens to rather than a folder chosen by the learner. This file may be lost or misplaced to the learner without good computer organizational skills.


Another disadvantage of e-learning is that students may feel isolated and unsupported while learning. Instructions are not always available to help the learner so learners need to have discipline to work independently without assistance. eLearners may also become bored with no interaction.

High Motivation

eLearning also requires time to complete especially those with assignments and interactive collaborations. This means that students have to be highly motivated and responsible because all the work they do is on their own. Learners with low motivation may not complete modules.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Advantages of e-Learning


The major benefit of e-learning is Flexibility. E-learning has the advantage of taking class anytime anywhere. Learners can proceed through a training program "at their own pace and at their own place." Education is available when and where it is needed. Learning program can be done at office and on the move.

E-Learning programs are more attractive compared to traditional learning method. Learners have the advantage of learning at their own pace and with different types of learning styles. Learners can fit e-learning into their busy schedule. If they hold a job, they can participate in eLearning right at their desk.

Focused Learning

E-Learning is more focused on the learner. E-Learning is more interesting for the learner because it is the information they want to learn. E-Learning encourages learners to peruse through information by using websites on the worldwide Web. Learners are able to find information relevant to their interest. E-Learning allows selection of learning materials that meet their level of knowledge, interest and what they need to know to perform more effectively in an activity. E-Learning is flexible and can be customized to meet the individual needs of the learners.

Cost Effective

E-Learning is more cost effective than traditional learning because less time and money is spent for traveling. Since eLearning can be done in any geographic location and there are no travel expenses, this type of learning is much less costly than doing learning at a traditional institute. No separate distribution mechanism is needed. E-Learning courses are accessible from any computer anywhere in the world, which keeps delivery costs low.

Ease of Updates

Ease of update help the learners to get the fresh information’s from trainer. After the e-Learning course is released, any changes can be made on the eLearning program is instantly accessible to everyone. This means trainer can transfer updates to learners in much faster and easiest way.

Develops Knowledge

E-Learning helps develop knowledge of the Internet. This knowledge will help learners throughout their careers. E-Learning encourages learners to take personal responsibility for their own learning. When learners succeed, it builds self-knowledge and self-confidence.

Instant Feedback

Most of the eLearning programs provide instant feedback to the learners. At the end of each of e-learning modules or after completing eLearning program users can undertake training assessments on the information they have just learnt. The feedback from this assessment is instantly available and can provide the user with information on where they need to re-study or congratulate them on passing the assessment.