7 Awesome Advantages of ELearning


Those of us who are actively involved in the elearning are well aware of the advantages elearning can provide to an organization, and to the individual, and in the past year or so, these advantages are becoming recognized among the general public.

The flexible nature of elearning means that we are likely to encounter it in everyday life. Some people seek it out in for additional learning opportunities, and for career advancement. While others may accidentally stumble upon it when watching a short training on their smartphone about their latest application.

Simply put, elearning is everywhere, and it certainly comes with some pretty awesome advantages – such as:

1. Scalable – Elearning enables us to quickly create and communicate new policies, training, ideas, and concepts. Be it for entertainment or formal education, elearning is nimble!

2. Capacity and Consistency – Using elearning allows educators to achieve a great degree of coverage for their target audience, and it ensures that the message is communicated in a consistent fashion. This results in all learners receiving the same training.

3. High Learning Retention – Blended learning approaches result in a higher knowledge retention rate. It also helps that coursework can be refreshed and updated whenever needed.

4. Time and Money Savings – This one is pretty well known, and a staple of any well-done elearning program. Elearning reduces time away from the workplace, eliminates the need for travel, and removes the need for classroom-based training.

5. Activity and ROI Measurements – If you are using a learning management system to deliver your elearning, then tracking learner progress is a piece-of-cake, and reporting on this activity is just as simple.

6. Reduction of the Carbon Footprint – By leveraging elearning for online testing and quizzing, the need for printing out paper-based assessments is reduced, in fact it’s practically eliminated altogether!

7. Flexible – Using elearning, you can give employees and students the freedom to learn at their own convenience, and at a pace that is right for them. Staff can be trained in remote locations and in a consistent fashion as anyone receiving on-site training.




Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Let's Talk! | Twitter

12 Responses

  1. Great post Justin,

    Particularly of interest to me is the scalability of E-learning. For those of us working in developing countries ( I work in Liberia) this is HUGE! I’m currently exploring options to implement text based mobile learning for and upcoming induction training for more than 175 youths.

  2. Great post! I tried to flip my class and I had some problems to make it effective.

    Time-cost: I had to create from scratch a video-lesson. It is hard to share it with other teachers.

    Videos-work: How do teachers know their students are watching the videos? How do they know if they understand the lesson.

    That is why after several years in the classroom, I started with edpuzzle.com, a project to help educators to make eLearning accessible and effective.

  3. Your blog is very interesting and your explanation is step by step it is easy to understand . Grate tips, Thank you for sharing it

  4. Excellent compilation of eLearning benefits!
    Knowledge Management especially looks to own received an effort within the arm from eLearning. As Social Media continues to evolve this might otherwise be the most important profit in time to come back.

  5. Elearning is advantageous in so many ways but despite it having so many advantages,It is one of the major power consumers therefore costly even though not rendered as costly though.

  6. I thought it was interesting to learn that e-learning usually results in a higher knowledge retention rate. I feel like this would be especially beneficial for employers and business owner’s who are training employees. Knowledge retention would be one of my biggest concerns if I were a business owner, so I’d want to employ methods to ensure this happens.

  7. I studied software testing and software QA online from hitekschool. It was my first experience attending online classroom to learn.Before joining I thought it was going to be difficult but they just proved me wrong.I had an excellent session online where I felt more comfort while learning.

  8. powerful compilation. I am steering the e-learning project to primary schools in South Africa, KZN and what you said is so true

  9. I do agree with your E-learning advantages and believe that this will going to help everyone in much effective way

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