Interactive, accessible, and cost-effective, eLearning has been a strong contender for the traditional forms of schooling and training.
eLearning, or online learning, is a modern approach to education that, as the name suggests, teaches an audience skills through digital devices and electronics.
This can significantly improve the lives of educational establishments and corporations because migrating courses and instructional material to the digital platform means that costs are reduced and time can be spent more productively.
Moreover, eLearning allows for a wider and more diverse scope of audience because students can assimilate the courses from their homes without the trouble of transportation, saving them the time and energy needed for other priorities.
eLearning vs. On-Ground Learning
Still, on-ground learning remains relevant in most cases as the social aspect of classroom learning cannot be fully replicated in the virtual sphere. But some key advantages that eLearning has over on-ground learning are (1) accessibility, (2) cost-effectiveness, (3) opportunities for better recall.
As mentioned, accessibility comes from the prevalent use of digital devices, where courses can be obtained, in any part of the globe. Cost-effectiveness, on the other hand, also results from the same because spaces do not have to be rented out, transportation fees are removed from the list of expenses, and bulky equipment is not needed. And lastly, students are able to retain information better because they can return to the lectures when needed.
Professionals and students are able to receive information through modules without the inconveniences that naturally come with on-ground learning.
And when it comes to training employees, eLearing saves them and their company a lot of time and energy. They can consume modules and lessons from their work stations or even remotely, saving what would have been costs involved in on-ground learning, such as electricity and hardware.
Isn’t eLearning Lonely and Overwhelming?
Studies have shown that it is rather overwhelming and isolating to solely rely on electronically-mediated learning. However, there is a solution that was proposed to counter the isolation of eLearning. It’s called gamification.
Gamification is the “the application of gaming metaphors to real-life tasks to influence behaviour, improve motivation and enhance engagement,” according to Andrzej Marczewski, a web developer who’s written books on gamification.
In other words, gamification, in the context of eLearning, is an interactive teaching style that uses a game-like approach to instill an appreciation and understanding of the lesson in the audience.
Through gamification, a learner’s experience is enhanced by the level of participation they are able to make. And through gamification, learners are given the opportunity to interact with other people or with the elements in a module, giving them a sense of interpersonal communication, albeit digitally mediated.
Should You Choose eLearning?
If you are looking to lessen spending and make learning for your students or employees easier and more accessible, then eLearning is a good road for you to take.
At NarraSoft, we can help create eLearning modules for your school or your company. We are experienced in custom-making eLearning courses using Articulate, creating animated modules, translating the text in lectures, and incorporating gamification into lessons.