"Difficulties in capturing the learner's interest", "reserved for a young population",
"not very credible in terms of learning"... So many statements heard about digital training! This article deciphers them for you. Zoom on 5 true/false aspects of e-learning.
Since its advent, e-learning training has faced many prejudices. There are several schools: the proven refractory, the sceptical, the convinced... Among all the statements circulating on the Internet and within companies themselves, we have chosen to respond to 5 of them.
Affirmation #1: "e-learning reduces the training budget"
This is generally true. However, don't imagine that digital training is completely free or "cheap". It depends on many parameters such as the number of learners you want to train, the type of training and any resources you already have....
Depending on this, you will need certain tools that cost more or less. Nevertheless, switching to e-learning training allows you to dispense with the need for a room, and in some cases the need for a trainer.
So, we can say that e-learning training optimizes training costs, yes, since it allows you to train a large number of learners without having to manage endless schedules and room reservations. Finally, we advise you to take the time to evaluate your training needs beforehand so that you can choose the right tools afterwards.
Affirmation #2: "It's difficult to capture learners on a digital training course."
It's both true... and false. It's not necessarily easier to interest learners in a conventional classroom. You've probably all faced a soft-spoken teacher who would give you an awful yawn after a few minutes. On the other hand, it's also very easy to drop out of an e-learning course, which is why the content is so important.
In a face-to-face session, the trainer acts as a conductor. He leads the class and his attitude directly results in the more or less important attention of the learners.
In e-learning, the trainer is obviously not physically present and the learner has a certain degree of autonomy. For this reason, it is important to maintain a social context throughout the course. You can, for example, integrate virtual classroom sessions. In addition, a chat or a forum will strengthen the link with a trainer but also with the other learners. Despite its solitary aspect, digital training and its contents easily attract some employees.
To sum up: without the physical presence of a trainer or tutor, it can be difficult to capture and hold the attention of learners in a digital training. This is why the content is paramount and must be the basis of everything.
However, it can be just as complicated to succeed in getting learners interested in a classic face-to-face training course, which must be articulated through a clever mix of theory and practical cases.
Affirmation #3: "e-learning training is self-sufficient"."
Most of the time, this statement is false. Indeed, following a 100% digital training course will pose a problem in terms of the practical application of the cases seen beforehand during the theoretical part. Digital can provide the basis for learning, but the real "training" can only take place in the presence of a social context on the one hand, and practical application on the other.
It should not be forgotten that during an e-learning course, the learner is alone in front of the screen. At the slightest doubt, at the slightest unanswered question, he will be tempted to give up and give up. However, during a face-to-face session, the learner can count on his trainer to answer all his questions and motivate him!
Of course, it all depends on the type of training you want to give! Some require more or less theory... You have to reason on a case-by-case basis. However, for most training courses, the best solution is still Blended Learning, since it combines e-learning and face-to-face sessions. Thanks to this blended learning method, the learner acquires the theoretical knowledge on his or her own, at his or her own pace. Then, he can put the assimilated know-how into practice with the help of his trainer... The training is all the more complete!
If you would like to learn more about Blended Learning, read our article here.
Affirmation No. 4: "e-learning is only for young people"
That's not true! So, obviously, e-learning training has all the assets to seduce the new generation, especially since the advent of gamification, which makes this learning method fun and entertaining. However, more and more companies are turning to e-learning to quickly and efficiently train their employees. Not to mention the savings for the company in terms of administration and organization, it is the innovative side of e-learning and its unlimited number of learners that appeal to employers.
In addition, a study by the Observatoire des seniors showed that 11 million people over the age of 60 use the Internet, i.e. 24.1% of the French population. Among them, 92% use it to simplify their daily life: watching the weather, following the news, sending e-mails, managing their finances. Some 40% of them even use the Internet to make online purchases!
So in the face of such results, why should online training be reserved only for young people?
Affirmation #5: "These are not real classes."
Once again, this statement is very often false. Some people who are resistant to the evolution of training and new technologies will assure you that e-learning is not serious and that it is impossible for it to allow the development of skills as a face-to-face training could do.
However, despite its 100% digital aspect, e-learning is not so different from correspondence courses where the trainer sends all the documents to the learner who must follow the course from home.
Moreover, the multiplication of course formats and assessments makes e-learning even more innovative and complete. In fact, depending on the content, it is in a trainer's best interest to divide the information into the most eye-catching format. A demonstration will have more impact in video, while a summary at the end of the course will be more practical in text format.
Some digital training courses are even certifying, which means that the learner receives a document certifying the skills acquired during the course... just as if he had followed a "classic" training course...
- E-learning optimizes your training costs since it allows you to train a large number of learners without the need to rent a room or instructor and without travel/accommodation costs..
- Blended Learning, because of its combination of face-to-face and digital, remains the preferred format for most training projects..
- E-learning training offers a multitude of learning formats in order to make training more dynamic and thus reach all age groups!