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e-learning vs face to face learning?


In my organisation there are some trainers who are very attached to delivering face to face training and appear to be resistant to e-learning. This has got me thinking about the factors which might make some training more effective when it's delivered face to face rather than e-learning.

When is face to face more effective than e-learning?

And when is e-learning more effective than face to face? 

thanks in advance

3 Responses

  1. a few thoughts;

    1 asking 'trainer' to recommend e-learning is not like asking a horse to endorse cars…it will put the trainer out of a job! 

    2. Elearning can't answer  learner's questions

    3. elearning is often very "Janet and John" so many learners dislike it

    4. If you are doing elearning at your desk, people come and distractyou are ask why  you are'nt working

    5. e learning can be dipped into when ou need it, rather than waiting for the next course in the calendar

    6. e learning s consistant (which can be a lus or a minus)

    7 .people expect a test at the end of an elearning module…..this is less expected in a face to face classoom session

    I hope this helps


  2. The bigger question

    I believe the question should be 'which type of learning is best from a range of options?' i.e. a Blended approach.

    We are experiencing that many companies are being driven to get more from less, due to financial constraints and are now exploring Blended and 'e' approaches, but require training on what and how to do it.

    This requires more thought than can be put into a forum answer, so, for information on our Blended Learning and Elearning skills-based qualifications, please call us on 02476 411288 or see our website at

    We're here to help you make an informed decision.

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