E-learning has its advantages. But, as Daniel R Tobin writes in Chief Learning Officer, it pales in comparison to the advantages of face-to-face instructor-led training. Tobin identifies 10 advantages. I’ve added six more.
Participants are better able to focus on what is being taught because there is less distraction.
The instructor can create a safe environment and get the participants to agree to keep anything said or done confidential.
Participants can practice their newly acquired skills with the instructor and each other, where they can see and respond to body language and other cues.
The instructor can adapt the content to the specific needs of the participants in the classroom.
- Individual attention to participant needs
The instructor can notice and provide assistance during breaks or after class when participants have specific problems.
- Establishing a dialogue
Participants are able to ask follow-up questions or establish dialogue with the instructor or with other participants.
- Learning from other participants
At least half the value participants receive comes from their informal interaction with other participants, during the class, at breaks, or over lunch, dinner, or drinks.
- Building personal relationships
Participants can build a personal relationship with the instructor or other program participants.
- Breaking down silos
Getting people from different business units and functional groups together in a classroom can help to break down silos.
- Building a personal network
The participants can build a supportive network with the other participants.
- Whole body learning
Participants can use all of their senses as they learn, which reinforces their memory and retention of that learning.
- Validating participant knowledge and experience
The instructor can determine and build on the participants’ knowledge and experience, grouping seasoned and unseasoned participants so they can mentor and learn from one another, and relying on experienced participants to provide realistic examples.
- Having fun
The instructor can add fun with tabletop kinesthetic tools, games, prizes, art projects, ice breakers, energizers, and other learning activities.
- Greater range of learning activities
The instructor has a much greater number of learning activities from which to choose, including activities that require movement.
- More pleasant environment conducive for learning
The instructor can hang colorful kites and peripherals on the walls, put out bowls of candy, and play subliminal music.
- Instructor learning
The instructor can learn from the participants!
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Question: What other advantages does classroom training have over e-learning?
May your learning be sweet- and safe.
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