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In today’s knowledge-driven society, there is enormous pressure for individuals to continue their education. The rapid development of new technologies and the enormous annual increase in new knowledge make it essential for workers to obtain further certifications and qualification over and above one's profession. In addition to traditional brick-and-mortar schools and training courses, e-learning is becoming increasingly more popular. And even in traditional schools and universities, e-learning has become an integral part of academic life. 

Learn more about what e-learning is and what advantages it has over traditional methods of learning.

What is E-learning?

 

E-Learning stands for electronic learning and has evolved to encompass all forms of electronically-supported learning. As a term and concept, it is often used interchangeably with online learning, telelearning, computer-based learning, online courses, and others. However, this diversity of terms poses a problem: there is no generally accepted definition of e-learning.

 

Depending on the objective, concept, and instruments, the definition of the term can also differ considerably. In principle, however, e-learning is a service that uses digital media to support the teaching process. This can mean a wide range of possible forms of teaching, from the provision of learning software or an online course to virtual classrooms.

 

 

What are the advantages of E-learning?

 

E-learning is a comparatively young form of providing educational opportunities, but it is becoming increasingly more established in society. With its growing popularity, is has been successfully used in both adult education programming and schools and universities. With the increasing spread of digital media, the general acceptance of such forms of learning increases considerably, because they offer, in addition to all novelty, undeniable advantages, the most important of which are listed below:

 

1. Independence of time and place

 

E-Learning provides the greatest possible flexibility in terms of time and space. In contrast to traditional classroom training, users are not bound to fixed dates, but can divide the course according to their time resources and preferences. This enables learning to take place at one's own pace without having to coordinate with lecturers or other participants.

 

2. Timeliness of content

 

Thanks to our hyper-connected world, contents created in e-learning are timelier and more relevant than materials used in traditional classrooms.  E-learning contents and applications can be checked regularly, updated if necessary, and improved continuously. This is a familiar concept to many people due their experiences with regular updates of apps on their tablets and smartphones: As soon as improvements or extensions are available, users can benefit from them.

But relevance and timeliness of materials isn’t the only advantage. From a technical and process perspective, content can also be updated quickly and easily online, saving time and money.

 

3. Multimedia

Online offerings are particularly attractive for children and young people because they are multimedia-based. They work simultaneously with pictures, films, sounds, interactive 3D graphics, and writing. These familiar platforms are engaging to all students—particularly young students—allowing them to learn in an active and compelling way that holds their attention. Traditional textbooks, on the other hand, are more passive and less engaging.

Many learning opportunities on the Internet are also interactive. In knowledge tests for children and young people, for example, each action of the user is followed by a reaction on the screen: Figures move, doors open, the right answer pops up. In this method of learning, users receive immediate feedback in the learning process. This timeliness of feedback is key in helping students retain correct information since wrong answers don’t have time to solidify themselves in the learner’s brain.

 

4. Cost savings

While only a small group of participants can take advantage of offline training courses, the number of users of electronic courses is unlimited in principle. A program license for an online course can therefore be used for all employees of a company. Additionally, there are no travel costs and no expenses for planning and carrying out the training, thus giving all employees the opportunity to expand their knowledge and have access to growth opportunities.

 

5. Standardized quality

Due to the one-off provision of the respective e-learning program, there are no fluctuations in the quality of the teaching staff. The success of the respective training or course no longer depends on the knowledge or behavior of a lecturer, which is why a consistent quality can certainly be assumed or even guaranteed when selecting an electronic course offering.

 

 

6. Interactivity

Depending on the program or online course, interactive modules such as videos or animated content can be easily integrated. Tests and other checks of learning objectives at the end of each lesson can significantly increase both the long-term learning success and motivation of participants.

6) Multilingualism

Depending on the programming, the same e-learning module can be displayed in different languages. This enables international companies, universities, and schools in particular to achieve greater individuality and user-friendliness than is the case with traditional training courses, which in most cases are conducted using a single language, usually English.

 

 

 

Are there disadvantages of e-learning and e-learning courses?

Yes, undoubtedly, but the advantages outweigh the disadvantages overwhelmingly. Outlined below are some of the commonly discussed disadvantage of e-learning.

1. Little didactic assurance

Due to the relative novelty of this form of learning, the technical aspect of creating and implementing learning content still dominates the e-learning sector. So far, few didacticians are involved in the conception of electronic courses, so the theoretical foundations of learning may not be taken into account as much as it they should be.

Additionally, the presentation of course contents is often only addressed from the technical side: didactic questions play, if at all, only a subordinate role. In the worst case, this can lead to a low effectiveness of the measure if its form of presentation does not meet the learning needs and requirements of the users.

 

 

2.No or little space for queries

Since learners sit alone in front of the screen in many electronic forms of learning, there is little possibility for further questions. This drawback applies mostly to courses delivered via CDs and other pre-recorded methods that learners consume alone at home, which are now less common in the industry. Nowadays, one can expect relatively quick answers from the lecturers in large online platforms such as Udemy, teachable, and CREATIVELIVE.

E-Learning will not replace classical, normal learning.

This shows Even though e-learning was promoted a few years ago as the form of education of the 21st century, it will not be able to completely replace the classical courses offered in schools and universities.

Instead, it is a useful complement to traditional methods of knowledge transfer, which should be used according to the needs and objectives of the respective group of participants. However, in the field of adult education, special e-learning online courses and classes such as those currently offered by Udemy,

teachable and CREATIVELIVE and many more will be offered.

 

These courses are laser sharply tuned to the interests of people who are interested in very special topics and fields of knowledge.

 

The courses are of high quality and can be booked for relatively little money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They include courses in languages, marketing, personal development, learning programming languages, mastering complex software applications, but also topics such as cooking and beekeeping, to name just a few, and dozens of new courses are added every day.

 

This is what makes these online course providers so successful.