Smart technologies have been offering more opportunities for education. More specifically, the emergence of e-learning, which was initially seen as an opportunity to improve traditional learning, was soon embraced by businesses. Now, years later, e-learning has moved out of its infancy and many people wonder if it is actually better than traditional learning. In this blog, the two ways of learning fight it out in the ring!
Round 1: e-learning
E-learning, also called modern learning, is an innovative way of transferring knowledge. It is a proven method for an effective approach for managing knowledge transfer and compliance requirements. Its flexibility makes e-learning particularly attractive to businesses, where employees can have 24/7 access to the personal learning environment. This offers the employees themselves the opportunity to plan and take courses at their own pace. In addition to time-savings, this also saves on overheads as employees are not absent from work for training and courses.
E-course can also simplify complex learning subjects because it can contain audio, animation, video, simulation and online resources.
Another point that has attracted businesses to e-learning is the government-led incentives encouraging “lifelong learning”.
Round 2: traditional learning
Traditional learning, also called face-to-face learning, is classroom-based education where a teacher explains to one or more employees. Paradoxically, this form of learning was seen not only as the most powerful form of education but also as the most inefficient. Nevertheless, traditional learning derives strength from its high degree of interaction, as there is always a teacher in the classroom. For this reason, traditional learning is used for primary education.
Round 3: the winner
The benefits of e-learning out-weigh the benefits of traditional learning. Nevertheless, traditional learning remains essential in a solid learning process. Furthermore, a combination of both learning forms can also be found; this is called blended learning.
All in all, the main differences between e-learning and traditional learning can be summarized as follows:
- Availability: employees have 24/7 access to the personal learning environment, unlike traditional learning which requires a teacher and a physical location
- Support: complex learning subjects can be handled easily because e-learning can contain audio, animation, video, simulation and online resources independent of the interactions in a traditional classroom
- Personalization: flexibility ensures that employees can follow learning paths at their own pace whereas in traditional learning, the pace is determined by the group