If you are planning to train your employees or students but torn between e-learning and face-to-face learning, here’s one thing you need to know. Each method has its own pros and cons. Face-to-face training, for instance, provides some major benefits that an e-learning setting cannot provide.
1. Lack of focus
Imagine this: you are watching a video on ‘how to attract more customers to your company’ by a very famous and successful businessman. Your boss emails you about an urgent assignment you have to give. You quickly type away a reply to your boss while the video is playing in the background. You lose some of the points in the video as you weren’t listening attentively. Science says that it takes approximately twenty minutes to get the focus back to the original task after getting distracted. Your boss’s email will be playing somewhere in the back of your mind as you seem to be listening to the video too. In a traditional seminar, you’re forced to ignore most of the distractions, with all the people sitting around you.
2. Technology issues
Internet connectivity issues can hinder learning online. Sometimes the website can go down with the sheer amount of traffic on it making e-learning expensive as the website will have to invest in better software and bandwidth. Your computer or laptop may stop working, completely halting your education process.
Having peers around you can always spark motivation in you when you don’t feel like learning. If you find a concept hard to grasp, others around you may be feeling the same. Therefore, the instructor may focus on those concepts and explain them with different examples to ensure that everyone else understands them. Another advantage of face-to-face learning is that the instructor can interpret the students’ understanding by their facial expressions.