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E-learning, which literally means electronic learning , has been around since the advent of computers that could communicate education and is a form of teaching where the content is made up of digital tools such as animation, voice and video – and can be delivered on a digital platform. It could be a mobile phone, tablet, computer or in a VR headset.

In this blog post, we take a closer look at what the term means.

How does e-learning differ from other digital forms of learning?

E-learning is traditionally a larger or smaller course in digital form. It includes communication, interactive exercises and feedback, delivered in a didactic way that helps the learner learn more about a topic.

E-learning differs from other forms of digital learning in that one or more learners can take the course without any help other than the one in the course, and at a time that suits them.

Other forms of digital learning include, for example:

  • Virtual meetings that are often one-off sessions.
  • An online webinar where instructors and learners can view and interact with each other.
  • Or on-demand instructions that give an employee guidance to complete a task at the time they need it.

Benefits of e-learning:

The advantage of e-learning in the digital course form is that you can:

  • Cover a topic in significantly less time than an in-person course,
  • Target training to a larger audience without having to travel,
  • Organize classes more flexibly in relation to working hours,
  • and you can reuse the course content multiple times once it has been produced.

If the course is placed in an LMS or other learning platform, you can also store different types of data.

The cost of the development is a one-time expense, therefore saving money on external trainers, premises, travel expenses, etc.

The disadvantages of E-Learning:

One barrier to the digital course format is that:

  • The opportunity for dialog and sparring is less obvious.
  • E-learning is only a good experience if the quality is good and the content is targeted and relevant to learners.

Both can be incorporated. You can read more about the possibilities in this blog post.

Kvinde tager et godt E-Learning kursus
Mand tager et godt E-Learning kursus.

So what can we conclude?

The form and timing can be customized and tailored to the needs of the target audience.
E-learning can be used as a cost-saving and targeted form of training in your company.
In the same way that non-engaging e-learning can be a bad experience, with the right tools and didactic design, e-learning can be an educational and enjoyable experience for the individual learner.