eLearning as a concept holds many benefits when compared to traditional training or face-to-face training. But what makes eLearning better than face-to-face training? In this blog, we look at 5 reasons why eLearning is better than face-to-face training, and chances are, you’ve never considered these.
Advantages of eLearning Over Face-to-Face Training
People are Already Spending More Time Online
One of the biggest advantages that eLearning holds over face-to-face interaction is that people already spend more time online than interacting with other people in a face-to-face format. A report by Hootsuite and We Are Social indicates that humans are spending on an average of 6 hours and 42 minutes online–half of which is spent on mobile devices.
It is possible that increased indirect communication has over time reduced people’s need to engage in F2F communication. This decline in F2F communication has transpired into the training sector which traditionally relies on F2F communications. As a result, people now prefer indirect modes of communication from the comfort of their homes and may very well prefer eLearning as well.
Social Distancing is Here to Stay
A recent development, nevertheless, social distancing is here to stay. A global lockdown across all sectors of life and economy has halted traditional activities. This results in the inability to congregate in groups of three and more. Traditional classrooms-teacher settings are indefinitely on hold with no clear indications on the restrictions being eased.
Under such instances the demand for eLearning on major platforms such as Byju’s and Tencent Classroom has increased in excess of 100%.
Clearly, this increase in demand is the result of the many advantages eLearning presents during the ongoing pandemic. There is a clear possibility that the ongoing pandemic may continue for the foreseeable future even post the lockdown being lifted. At which point, eLearning will continue to fill the gap that F2F training leaves as a result of people’s reluctance to gather in traditional settings such as classrooms out of fear of contracting the virus.
People Can Spend More Time on Other Matters
Unsurprisingly, the lockdown has directly resulted in people spending more time at home. This especially holds true for students and children who spend close to 6 hours away from home on an average. These average hours increase as the students and children engage in higher studies.
Parents have reported that the lockdown has allowed them to spend more time with children which was not possible before. Indeed, cutting down the travel time and time spent in classrooms has left students with more free time. However, having more free time does not equate to a decrease in time spent to study and develop. eLearning cuts the time needed to travel and time needed to gather in traditional settings which requires a lot of planning and patience. Hence, the time spent training and developing is the same, only the time spent facilitating travel and other supporting activities is cut out leaving students with more time.
Data is Cheaper than Travelling
Traditional training relies heavily on travelling students, trainers, renting venues and other supporting factors. All of which are expensive and cost intensive. On the other hand, data is inexpensive and freely available as well in certain regions. Moreover, 5G as a technology is here and is very capable of supporting bandwidth intensive training. As a result, training like AR and VR and virtual classroom settings is a reality. Even with such advances and innovations in technology, it will continue to stay much affordable as compared to traditional training.
The prices of data will continue to decline as more people switch over to smartphones and internet becomes even more accessible. All internet dependent activities will flourish among which eLearning is one of the bigger and prominent activities.
eLearning is Environment-Friendly
eLearning is an environmentally friendly concept as compared to traditional training for a couple of reasons. eLearning poses minimal dependence on paper for assessments, training material, or record keeping. Implementing a full-blown modern learning management system is perfect for all of these. Automatically, the reliance on paper-based products is minimized, drastically cutting costs as well.
eLearning also successfully cuts down the need to travel which is a big factor. Travelling learners and trainers can be a huge logistics task and also considered as detrimental to the environment if planned for a large organization with an employee-base of 3000+.
Finally, large training events generate waste like paper, plastic bottles, use-and-throw plates and cups, and food. Wastage is minimal and almost negligible with eLearning in the picture.
Concluding Advantages of eLearning Over Face-to-Face Training
Do not ignore the advantages of eLearning over face-to-face training. eLearning’s advantages range from saving costs to battling a global crisis and even aiding with environment protection. Utilize a wide variety of eLearning solutions to reshape your training approach.
eNyota Learning has been engaged with eLearning development and technology enhancement for over 13 years. We have helped many organizations switch from traditional training to eLearning. We are also open to discuss your organization’s potential eLearning solutions. To contact us fill a contact form. We are eager to talk to you!