Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Replacement for Classroom Learning

So often when I talk to people about eLearning I am asked if it is going to replace classroom learning.  My reply is always the same...no, and here is why I believe that to be true.  People learn through different ways, some are visual learners, some are auditory, some are kinesthetic and for this reason I think that there will always be a place for different ways of presenting material. 

As a classroom trainer and eLearning designer I also think that there are ways these two methods can compliment each other.  For example, a person attends a classroom session and learns material and isn't able to put it into practice for several months after the class.  When it is time for them to apply what they learned the material may have been forgotten.  An eLearning module that complements the classroom session can provide that just in time refresher that they need to apply all the material and achieve the desired training results.

Here are a couple of blogs I read this morning that provide further illustration of my belief:

E-Learning vs. Classroom Learning
E-Learning modules are not the complete replacement


  1. Totally Agree! I actually think eLearning is most effective when used in combination with "Face to Face" training. A great way to make the most out of eLearning is to use it as a "pre-work" assignment that prepares learners for activities that will take place in the classroom. This way no time is wasted because they come to the class ready to dive into interactive activities that require them to demonstrate what they learned in the eLearning. Thanks for sharing.

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