Online Training Vs Traditional Training

Traditional learning or classroom training has always been believed to be the best mode of learning. While traditional learning has its own merits, research studies do not support the argument that other forms of learning are inferior. With the changing trends in trading and economy many other modifications are inevitable. In the era of globalization and business outsourcing we have adapted more sophisticated ways of functioning. This has already proved efficacious in corporate sector, healthcare industry and similarly the education industry.

Online training is a revolution in itself and we need to liberate our minds to see and appreciate the bigger and brighter picture of the present scenario. Today’s situation demands an education system that is more easily accessible, swift and yet simple to understand or use. The training courses need to be vibrant, interactive and equally knowledge packed. With globalization, we need to have a common understanding, knowledge sharing and latest updated information.

Scientific studies have shown positive results as regards the effectiveness of online training and students too show higher satisfaction with the online learning process. The use of computer and technology not only makes the learning process fast and interesting but also makes the students feel much in control of their own learning.

Some key points that can differentiate online training and traditional training are:

Factors   Traditional Training Online Training
Location  Classroom learning, at a specific location Learning from anywhere through web-based technology
Time Training sessions have to be attended as per specified course schedules Training can be attended from anywhere if scheduled; or can be self-paced learning and can be taken at anytime
Traveling Students need to travel to the training location No need to travel
Cost There are expenses on training scheduling, travelling of students and trainers, accommodation and study material. No expenditure on traveling or accommodation. Study material saves money as material is online
Learning Trainer imparts knowledge as per course curriculum.Whole class participates or attends.

Training can be monotonous and simply informative

The subject matter expert is only the trainer and students may have to depend on the trainer to revert back to their queries.

Trainer guides the students, directs their views and ideas.Group discussion forums and conferencing enables better learning

Training is interactive, quick paced; enquiry based and induces problem solving in students

Sufficient information can be immediately gathered from online resources and queries are better clarified

Student’s role Students have to follow the training scheduleStudents can be passive learners

Training sessions cannot be repeated and study material is limited

Self-paced learning. Training sessions can be attended at convenient time and in breaks. Conferencing can be planned at mutually agreed schedulesStudents are active, responsible and attentive.

Training sessions in multimedia format can be repeated and studied. Study material is huge with study database or online resources

Examinations Examinations are located at centersExhaustive answer papers drain the students and not necessarily mean they have understood the practical details of the subject

Results take a long time as the answer papers need evaluation

Examinations are also taken online from distant locationsMostly multiple choice questions and answers.

Questions aim at practical problem solving and application of the knowledge and understanding  in real situations

Results are immediate with the use of web based technology