The answer, imprecisely, is that it depends. E-learning (a structured course or learning event delivered electronically) and classroom training have their advantages and challenges. The right one for you will depend upon several variables, including the content, learners, and skills being developed. Some advantages of e-learning include that it can be taken anywhere at any time, has tracking capabilities, is highly scalable, reduces time away from work, can be less expensive, and can train dispersed groups. In the research report Next Generation E-Learning, respondents cited the need to better serve geographically dispersed learners, greater availability of technologies supporting e-learning, and greater demand for just-in-time learning as the top drivers influencing their decision to use e-learning:.
Blended learning is the use of different training methodologies in one curriculum. It typically includes a combination of formal instruction (either classroom or virtual classroom training) with some self-directed support resources like videos, infographics, articles, e-learning modules, and more. One main advantage of blended learning is that it supports learning and skills development as a process rather than a single event. The additional support materials can be used as a reference by the learner as a just-in-time resource.
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All e-learning should have some interactivity. Some common ways to make e-learning engaging and interactive include using activities, quizzes, video, scenarios, simulations, and games. The Building an Effective Strategy for Interactive E-Learning webcast teaches you how to create an interactive strategy for e-learning, including the use of story and scenario-based e-learning, and exploring various opportunities for incorporating gamification, social learning, and credentialing.