Generally, people may confuse that the transition from classroom to eLearning virtual space training has the content in common. This is exactly where clarification is required.
An instructor led course is pretty unusable virtually. When creating content you need to add multimedia elements to make the course more engaging and interactive for the learner to have that interest intact.
So here are the differences between eLearning and classroom learning which will clear the myth that learners face –
Social Interaction –
In a classroom like situation, there is active interaction between the learner and the instructor. Questions can be raised, queries answered and on spot solutions delivered. Interaction forms a big part of traditional learning.
Wherein in eLearning, such interactions may be made possible yet major active role is of the instructor who leads the major part of the interaction.
Where you learn –
In a classroom setting, physical learning is a major aspect. You have a proper classroom where the instructor and learner are physically present.
In an eLearning set up your classroom could be your bedroom, you can replay, review the course at your own convenience. This is something that isn’t possible in a classroom setting.
Instructional material –
Well in a classroom setting, the course material is verbally spoken out by the instructor himself but when designing an eLearning course, you need to add audio element which works as a substitute for the instructor’s voice.
Moreover, while designing eLearning material few key points to be kept in mind –
- The content should be to the point, avoid adding content that is of no relevance. It will only make the course overloaded with information
- The audio tone included with the text should be clear because learner will follow the same to learn
Instructor vs Learner Focused –
In an instructor led course, we have the instructor right with us to handle and clear all our queries but that’s the disadvantage of an eLearning platform.
Therefore, here all the more, the course becomes utmost importance. It is only through the course that learners get to learn and refer to their doubts.
Level of Personalization –
This states that in a classroom course within a limited duration the course needs to be delivered but with an eLearning course the time constraint is overcome. Moreover, here the course is more structured, divided in the form of small segments that is easier to be learnt with a busy work schedule.
New vocab –
With eLearning gaining pace and fast substituting for classroom training, it is necessary that trainers are aware of the vocabulary used to deliver eLearning content and well versed with authoring tools and LMS.