Use of digital media to convey knowledge

In the case of e-learning, teaching and learning processes are supported by digital media. The type of learning media varies greatly: from web-based training and learning videos to quizzes and PDFs. Ideally, the media are used in an entertaining and varied way to stimulate the learner’s attention.
Digitisation also affects the realm of work and personnel, whereby a change is emerging. Similar to what they are used to in their private lives, employees demand permanent access to information – knowledge “on air and on demand”. The trend towards Personnel 4.0 and Training 4.0 is emerging. With e-learning, employers can meet this demand and make relevant expertise available at any time and as often as required.

Added value of e-learning

Thanks to the digital provision of learning content, employees determine their learning process independently. The learners themselves decide when, where and how fast they learn and how often something needs to be repeated. This makes learning more individualised and takes the individual’s learning speed into account. Each participant’s personal skill level is also taken into consideration.
By using different learning media, equally different learning types are addressed. In this way, every learner is optimally engaged and achieves maximum learning results.
In addition, e-learning offers cost advantages. Due to the geographical independence, there are no travel costs. The flexible integration into the daily work routine also minimises productivity losses due to absences from the workplace.

Deficits of e-learning

In principle, it is quite simple: the advantages of classroom training are the disadvantages of e-learning. With e-learning, there is no exchange in the group, which means there is no social interaction. Independent learning means that trainers are not available as contact persons for questions. At the same time, not every training topic is equally suitable for e-learning. Even the temporal flexibility of learning can be a disadvantage. Learners are exposed to disruptive factors such as telephone calls, e-mails or other meetings in their everyday working environment.