Each organization needs to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of online learning and decide when it makes sense to use it as part of a blended learning approach.
Here are some advantages that you might want to consider:
- Flexibility. Learners can complete online training modules at times that are most convenient for them. This can be particularly beneficial with a multishift or geographically dispersed workforce.
- Self-pacing. Learners can review the material as often as needed to increase their comprehension of it.
- Standardization. Online learning allows all employees to view the same materials each time.
You also should factor in the following disadvantages:
- Online learning is impersonal. Even if you are using an interactive program, the experience will not be the same as when a “live” trainer or learner spontaneously sparks a free-ranging discussion or answers questions on the spot.
- Online learning offers limited opportunities for actual hands-on demonstrations. If your goal is to model a new technique or skill and then have learners practice it, online training might not be the best approach.