If I were to be given a choice to choose between eLearning and traditional learning, I would rather go with the traditional learning.
Elearning is good, however I would prefer to have instead respond from the teacher if I encounter any during my learning process.
On the other hand some people might prefer learning as they could learn at their own paste and learning it by watching the video by repeating it many times. Another way of elearning is via game learning, it is definitely a interactive and motivational way of learning.
Elearning starts from young. Example of elearning for kids will be those educational programs and software. Kids these days could have their elearning on handy device such as ipad. They could watch education programs and sing along and interact with it. This would definitely consider to be part of elearning.
Since elearning is base on one’s interest, it sure to have pros and cons as well.
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Advantages of e-Learning
- Class work can be scheduled around personal and professional work, resulting in flexible learning.
- Reduces travel cost and time to and from school
- Learners may have the option to select learning materials that meets their level of knowledge and interest
- Learners can study wherever they have access to a computer and Internet
- Self-paced learning modules allow learners to work at their own pace
- Flexibility to join discussions in the bulletin board threaded discussion areas at any hour, or visit with classmates and instructors remotely in chat rooms
- Different learning styles are addressed and facilitation of learning occurs through varied activities
- Development of computer and Internet skills that are transferable to other facets of learner’s lives
- Successfully completing online or computer-based courses builds self-knowledge and self-confidence and encourages students to take responsibility for their learning
Disadvantages of e-Learning
- Unmotivated learners or those with poor study habits may fall behind
- Lack of familiar structure and routine may take getting used to
- Students may feel isolated or miss social interaction thus the need to understanding differentlearning styles and individual learner needs.
- Instructor may not always be available on demand
- Slow or unreliable Internet connections can be frustrating
- Managing learning software can involve a learning curve
- Some courses such as traditional hands-on courses can be difficult to simulate