E-Learning affords us the opportunity to extend the accessibility of classroom content to our clients.
What are the unique features of e-Learning?
Like no other training form, e-learning promises to provide a single experience that accommodates the three distinct learning styles of auditory learners, visual learners, and kinesthetic learners. Other unique opportunities created by the advent and development of e-learning are more efficient training of a globally dispersed audience; and reduced publishing and distribution costs as Web-based training becomes a standard.
E-learning also offers individualized instruction, which print media cannot provide, and instructor-led courses allow clumsily and at great cost. In conjunction with assessing needs, e-learning can target specific needs. And by using learning style tests, e-learning can locate and target individual learning preferences. Additionally, asynchronous e-learning is self-paced.
Advanced learners are allowed to speed through or bypass instruction that is redundant while novices slow their own progress through content, eliminating frustration with themselves, their fellow learners, and the course. In these ways, e-learning is inclusive of a maximum number of participants with a maximum range of learning styles, preferences, and needs.
What are the advantages of e-Learning to the Learner?
Along with the increased retention, reduced learning time, and other aforementioned benefits to students, particular advantages of e-learning include:
* On-demand availability enables students to complete training conveniently at
off-hours or from home.
* Self-pacing for slow or quick learners reduces stress and increases
* Interactivity engages users, pushing them rather than pulling them through
* Confidence that refresher or quick reference materials are available reduces
burden of responsibility of mastery.