The Limitations Of eLearning And What You Can Do About Them
While the field of eLearning has many innate benefits and continues to evolve itself overtime to meet the needs of the general student populace, there are still many inherent limitations to eLearning. These need to be accepted and dealt with in order to administer a course with maximum efficacy.
In short, there are always going to be limitations to contend when face-to-face interaction between teacher and student is either nonexistent or confined to the bounds of multimedia. This places the onus on the student to motivate themselves when no one is looking. It also places the onus on the teacher to provide the material and tools necessary for a student to motivate themselves.
It’s a struggle, and eLearning remains a nascent educational form that will take time to fully realize its own potential. However, that doesn’t mean its current limitations should make administrators and teachers shy away from all of the enormous benefit potential for both educators and students.
The Problem With Making eLearning An Experience
For an eLearning course to land with its intended student audience in such a way as to provide tangible benefits and be particularly interesting, the right blend of multimedia, engaging course content, and instructor intervention needs to be found.
It’s hard to make eLearning resonate the same way that it can when an impassioned teacher takes the floor in a brick-and-mortar classroom. There is so much potential for distraction for both teachers and students alike.
How do we combat this? Well, the advent of faster internet and the proliferation of high-quality streaming technologies will definitely help.
Course administrators for eLearning companies need to realize the power of today’s multimedia imprint, using things such as live training feeds and enhanced teacher presence in video form to bridge the perception gap.
There are ways to bring the human connection to the online experience. Walls of text and written course materials aren’t going to transform eLearning students or challenge them into becoming self-motivating model learners.
It’s going to take more thinking and better inventory of the technology at hand by eLearning teachers and administrators to make this happen.
Building An eLearning Community With Effectiveness
The real problem that many students have with eLearning is that it limits the connection they have with both teachers and their fellow learners.
This can be especially tricky in company-backed eLearning training courses where the ability to foster a team environment for employees is hampered by the limitations and isolation that can plague eLearning at its least connected.
Utilizing live streaming technology to bring learners together in real-time can really help to foster such a community of learners. There are so many ways to bring eLearners out of their seats and into the online world in which they are learning.
Adding the benefit of streaming technology and transporting them onto the job site or into the classroom with their fellow students will help to curb dissonance. In fact, the best eLearning can engage learners with the weight and gravitas of in-person teaching.
It just takes the right teachers, the right technology, and the right mindset to continuously evolve and take advance of the technological advancements at administrators and teachers’ disposal.