Distance learning or face-to-face training, each learning method has its advantages and disadvantages. However, it is becoming increasingly common to find that the best solution lies in a combination of these methods.
E-learning is the term used to designate all training approaches that allow for electronic learning.
E-learning is therefore the use of information and communication technologies for educational purposes. As the European Commission points out, in 2001 it defined e-learning as “the use of new multimedia technologies and the Internet to improve
the quality of learning by facilitating it. Access to resources and services, as well as communication and collaboration at a distance”.
E-learning is now possible in different departments and in different forms: educational software in schools, virtual campuses in universities, employee training and applications in companies.
The importance of instructional design!
Unlike face-to-face courses where teachers can change the content in real time, the learning process in online courses has been predetermined. It is therefore necessary to plan for different situations in the preparation phase. Therefore, in terms of online learning, structure, content and outcomes are very important.
The use of instructional design facilitates the production of the curriculum and ensures that the set instructional objectives are met. Through this process, instructional designers will help improve the production phase and learners will be able to acquire knowledge more easily.
In addition, with good instructional design, you will be able to
- easily adapt any content to an online format;
- send a message and generate interest;
- encourage participation;
- improve information retention and
- motivate learners.
Contrary to popular belief, if you use e-learning wisely, you can provide better quality training than face-to-face training. In fact, several types of e-learning are possible: trainers can set up face-to-face courses, blended courses or 100% distance learning courses.
The e-learning platform offers a variety of learning materials to keep learners attentive and ensure they are focused. Trainers have access to multiple resource materials and can share them to supplement the main points of the course. Companies can offer online courses to new employees to better support their integration into the company and help them master new skills.
An e-learning platform with social features is conducive to communication with instructors, to get better feedback from students. This type of medium is more suitable for learners who do not want to ask questions in public. In addition, the interaction facilitates group work, which allows for peer-to-peer learning.
Companies can statistically monitor the training and evaluate its effectiveness for the organization.