Advantages and disadvantages of eLearning

Advantages and disadvantages of eLearning

Advantages of eLearning

  • Convenience and flexibility
    The resources are available from anywhere and at any time.
  • Time saving
    Students do not have to leave their workplaces and travel to a training venue.
  • Access
    Anyone who has access to the internet can be trained.
  • Effective
    Web-based training promotes active and independent learning.
  • Training as needed or required
    The courses and information can be accessed when required. This is in contract to traditional training where employees attend a conference, or workshop and then are only required to put that knowledge into effect at some later stage. With the eLearning approach, managers and union officials can access a course on a particular subject as and when the need arises.
  • Assessment
    The student can check if she understands the material covered immediately, and can retake the tests at any time.
  • Pause, rewind, repeat
    Unlike traditional teaching methods where it is difficult to get the trainer to repeat or go over material covered, with eLearning the student can pause, rewind, and repeat a video as many times as is required.
  • Personalised training
    Elearning allows a student to work as his own pace, whereas in a normal ‘classroom’ type training, the pace is set by the trainer.
  • Knowledge transfer
    Elearning is a very simple and practical method of transferring knowledge to students.
  • Skills transfer
    While some eLearning methods are aimed at the transfer of knowledge, the LLA courses are written with the transfer of skills in mind. The approach is practical with an emphasis on the skills required in the workplace to make the knowledge gained work.
  • Values transfer
    The training offered by the LLA reinforces the transfer of values, such as honesty and integrity, fairness, respect and freedom of association and expression.
  • Measurable data
    Elearning provides data on each student as they go through a particular course which assists in measuring your company’s return on investment. The data also reveals a student’s other training needs
  • Free to fail
    The methodology and approach removes the fear of asking questions. Failing a test is not a problem as the student can retake the test or redo a section of the course in a safe learning environment.

Disadvantages of eLearning

  • Internet access
    The main disadvantage of eLearning is that students are required to have access to the internet. However, as the LLA courses are principally aimed at persons who are employed, and who therefore have access to the internet, this disadvantage is limited. It is possible for the courses to be completed by way of distance learning- that is the physical material such as workbooks is sent to the student with the audio CD.
  • Skills transfer
    Some skills need to be learnt in a workplace environment. The LLA conducts workshops during the year whose aim is the practical application of the knowledge and values acquired by students during the completion of the courses offered.
  • Language and comprehension
    The present all courses are presented in English only. The level of comprehension required of a student is that of matric.