- Teamwork and Social Skills
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- Engagement and Focus
E-learning is essentially just watching a video stream, playback or reading texts, presentations and such, the nature of it allows many distractions to easily affect the user unless self-discipline and focus are implemented and reinforced to ensure the learner is paying full attention at all times.
Many people using e-learning will end up subconsciously ‘multi-tasking’ because they will be doing something else while doing the course and it affects what they actually gain from the e-course.
With face-to-training, you are usually in a classroom with the teacher, where many teachers will implement strategies to keep you involved and engaged as possible because it retains your attention and will most definitely encourage better results.
- Adaptability – keyword “customized training courses”
Many instructors and companies now offer customized training courses, which is a great initiative because it allows delegates to specifically learn what they want to learn, which ends up being cost-effective and keeps the customer happy because many of them will not want to learn the excess information that does not apply to them, at the same time they will be unhappy if they didn’t learn what they wanted to learn. Courses that operate face-to-face have the amazing option to be adapted to the learner’s needs when needed whereas e-learning simply just offers set options.
An important factor we forget about e-learning is the sheer importance of human interaction as mentioned before. A lot of great things can come by being in a room with other people wanting to learn, such as detailed discussions and debates regarding subject topics where you may even learn from other people and take in viewpoints that you haven’t considered yet. It is easier to interact and meet new people from inside or outside of work when you have a common ground.
- Ability to have 1-to-1 if any problem arrises
Every learner will be different, some are very independent in the sense that if they have a problem, they will eventually solve it themselves with no problem. However, there are a lot of learners who need to be shown or have something explained because they do not understand it.
If something goes wrong while e-learning, whether it be something as simple as not knowing the meaning of the word, phrase or just simply not understanding the concept of something, it may be a long-winded process to find the answer. This basically forces you to be independent if something goes wrong which is bad because if you happen to be one of those people who need to have something explained to, what would you do then?
If a problem arises when you are in a face-to-face course, you can simply ask the instructor to explain it better so you know what is going on.
To conclude, these were just some points as to why face-to-face training has many clear advantages over e-learning but e-learning is still a newly formed method and will continue to grow and maybe will improve to such a point where it succeeds compared to face-to-face training.