Hi all
What has been your experience: If you had to implement training in your organisation, would you go for elearning or classroom training.
Advantage elearning: One-time development cost, quicker completion, easier to deploy, no minimum batch sizes and scheduling, easier to monitor, saves hassles of locating trainer etc
Advantage classroom training: Allows better monitoring, traditional method so employees may prefer
Look forward to hearing your views

From India, Pune
I question some of the advantages of elearning you mention. Classroom training also, in most cases, has a one time development cost – no advantage here. Quicker completion – all other things being equal, only if you save on traveling time. Easier to deploy – what about the setting up and maintaining of IT infrastructure, along with the specialist IT skills required?

Disadvantages of elearning are very high development costs and tendency to turn into a page turning exercise with very little participant engagement.

There are a number of elearning models, from simple CD-ROM to fully participative social learning with lots of interaction and scenario-based content. Difficulty of design and deployment and cost are proportional to quality of outcome. Whether you choose elearning or classroom, or a combination of both (blended learning), will depend on a range of factors, including geographical dispersity and computer literacy of participants, access to IT specialists and elearning instructional designers, access to IT infrastructure and bandwidth, existing courseware, nature of course content, etc.

As for preference, there are bad elearning courses as there are bad classroom courses. Each course needs to be judged on its merits. As for learning effectiveness, of all the studies done so far, some show elearning is more effective and some show classroom is more effective. It might just depend on the circumstances.

Vicki Heath


From Australia, Melbourne
Hi Rashmi,
It depends on what kind of training you are looking for, behavioral or technical.
Now-a days Blended learning is in.
Insycon-Innovation & Leadership Consultants

From India, Gurgaon
According to T+D (Training & Development Magazine) e-learning or web-based has evolved into a mature training tool. Some 80% of HR Managers & Trainers fully expect e-learning to increase in 2006.
I think its a little too presumptious to say that elearning is "page turning".
Obviously applicability varies with type of company, type of training, audience etc but thinking companies are not looking for easier, cost effective but creative and powerful tools to build their skills management is folly.
e-Learning Place

There’s very little doubt that when compared to the clasroom or physical training, e-learning has innumerable advantages.The mantra is: "Getting the Right Information. To the Right User. At the Right Time".Basically, it allows you to add live, real-time interaction to distance learning.
With the emergence of new, social technologies we are now seeing a new phase of E-Learning, known as E-Learning 2.0, which supports a more social and collaborative approach to learning, which is now widely known as Social Learning.
It is our need to recognise that self-directed learning is nowadays just as an important part of learning within an organisation as formal learning.
Prashant Khanna
Customized eLearning Solutions - Enhance Systems Pvt. Ltd.

From India, Delhi
Online Learning is in much trend these days and is proving successful in various places. It gives the freedom to use to learn anywhere any time.
From India, Noida
Hello Rashmi,
Click on the link below to review my write up on e-learning. You can also refer to the video file.

From India, Mumbai
missed out the link...

From India, Mumbai
Online learning is trends theses days and is very successful too. I am with E-learning (e-Learning solutions, Learning management system (LMS), Online Learning)
From India, Noida
Hi Rashmi,
E-learning would be a good option, nowadays people have less time, they have no time to go for the classes. We are also doing E-learning related work.
We are a government initiative co. doing assessment exam in different domains HR is one of them. for more details you can check the link below.
Certified Human Resources Manager

From India, New Delhi

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