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Pros and Cons of eLearning

by | Sep 5, 2013 | Tips & Tricks

As technology continues to advance, eLearning becomes more accessible to almost everyone. Online learning is a popular choice today because of the ease it offers to online learners. There are quite a few pros and cons of eLearning, and we have listed a few below.


Flexibility – Your eLearning content can be done in sections, to fit around your already busy schedule. Unlike traditional in-house training or public schools, you don’t have a structured schedule to dictate when you access your eLearning content. Online learning gives you full flexibility to accomplish your goals, on your own time.

Lower cost – eLearning allows you to learn from anywhere. Since you aren’t using a trainer’s time or equipment, online learning becomes a much more affordable option. With the exception of your own computer or mobile device, you generally do not have many other expenses.

Mobility – Instead of the confinement of a traditional classroom, you now have the flexibility to learn in any location you’d like, including on a train or a plane. eLearning allows you to take full advantage of your time and get things done when you wouldn’t normally be able to.


Lack of structure – Sometimes learners with low motivation can quickly fall behind in an online course. With no fixed schedule or routine, eLearning can become difficult for people to meet specific deadlines or goals.

Technology issues – It is important to lay out your technological requirements at the very beginning or your course; your learners need to have devices that are compatible with the eLearning software. Of course, there is always the risk of having technology issues when using computers so heavily, such as internet connection or power reliability.

Computer proficiency – Some learners or employees may not be comfortable using computers. Even if the software is user friendly, it may be a daunting task for some. These particular learners may struggle, and would probably be more successful in a traditional classroom setting.

Can you add to our list of pros and cons for eLearning? Share with us!

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