What are the disadvantages of digital courses

E-learning: advantages and disadvantages of e-learning

Stefan Loibl, Head of Training IHK Munich

When it came to e-learning, many initially thought that it would revolutionize the entire training industry and make face-to-face seminars superfluous. But the process has now stalled. Developing content was initially very expensive, especially for educational institutions.

Today, e-learning is a supplement to face-to-face seminars. In the field of continuing education, e-learning is one of several building blocks. E-learning is a useful component in further training but not the ideal solution.

We see a strong trend towards mobile applications. Many people use apps and learn with them on the bus or in the subway.

Quality criteria for e-learning

E-learning is successful when the participants see a clear and unambiguous benefit in it. For example, if someone lives in the country and has a long journey to the seminar, then an online course is of course very useful. The learning content must use the typical possibilities of the digital medium such as interactivity. It is not enough to just scan a document.

In addition, the online content must be coordinated with the face-to-face seminar and must not simply run in parallel.

Digital educational content doesn't have to be perfectly prepared, the short and concise content works best. Videos do not necessarily have to have a high didactic standard either, the quick three-minute video works best.

The disadvantages

Compared to a classic seminar or course, e-learning has the disadvantage that you can only learn content by heart in a very rational way, so to speak. The lively and emotional engagement with the material, the discussion with the other course participants, none of that is possible on the web. And having a beer with the others after the seminar is not possible either.

IHK Munich

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