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  1. E-Learning:Advantages & Disadvantages Mohammad Hussein Kaveh PHD in Health Education

  2. Why e-Learning? “There are two great equalisers in life - the internet and education. By combining the two, e-learning will be the great equaliser in the next century. By eliminating barriers of time, distance, and socio-economic status, individuals can now take charge of their own lifelong learning.” John Chambers CEO of CISCO systems MH KAVEH

  3. Advantages of e-Learning • E-learning is more cost saving & cost effectivethan traditional learning; MH KAVEH

  4. Comparison of Relative Costs Relative costs Years MH KAVEH

  5. Comparison of Relative Costs Relative costs Years MH KAVEH

  6. Relative Costs Per Capita Relative Costs MH KAVEH

  7. Relative Costs Per Capita Relative Costs MH KAVEH

  8. Advantages of e-Learning • Diminishes problemsrelated to in-classroom teaching of audiences • Learning timesreduced, an average of 40 to 60 percent, • Increased retentionand application to the job averages an increase of 25 percent over traditional methods, MH KAVEH

  9. Advantages of e-Learning • Expert knowledge is communicated, but more importantly captured, with good e-learning and knowledge management systems. • Accessby learners to teachers and resources, worldwide • Aiding equal opportunities • Immediate accessto information MH KAVEH

  10. Advantages of e-learning • Self-pacing • Users learn at their own pace;Learner can control What to learn, When, Where, and How. • It reduces stress and increases satisfaction. • You can revise a topic as many times, fast or slow, as you like, until you understand it. MH KAVEH

  11. Advantages of e-Learning • On-demand availability • Enables students to complete training conveniently at off-hours or from home. • Interactivity • engages users, pushing them rather than pulling them through training. MH KAVEH

  12. Advantages of e-Learning • E-learning encourages students to take personal responsibilityfor their own learning. • Empower students to be accountablefor their own study • Helps students develop skills for self-directed learning. MH KAVEH

  13. Advantages of e-Learning • Training occurs in small parcels; a programmed instruction approach • When learners succeed, it buildsself-knowledge and self-confidencein them. • Developing skills and confidence in handling difficult tasks and problem solving MH KAVEH

  14. Advantages of e-Learning • Flexibility • E-learning has the advantage of taking class anytime anywhere. • E-learning delivers teaching material and learning activities in a flexible format. • Potential to develop tailored personalisedlearning resources (the adaptive curriculum). MH KAVEH

  15. Advantages of e-Learning • E-learning offers individualized instruction, which print media cannot provide, and instructor-led courses allow clumsily and at great cost. • In conjunction with assessing needs, e-learning can target specific needs. • Information can be displayed on a need to know basis. MH KAVEH

  16. Advantages of e-Learning • Proof of completion and certification, essential elements of training initiatives, can be automated. • By E-learning measurable assessments can be created • Users get certificate for their learning, not for their attendance in the training session MH KAVEH

  17. Advantages of e-Learning • Collaboration and teamwork • Making Learning Communities; • Efficiency gains through shared endeavour MH KAVEH

  18. Advantages of e-Learning • It accommodates different types of learning styles. • By using learning style tests, e-learning can locate and target individual learning preferences. MH KAVEH

  19. Advantages of e-Learning • More efficient training of a globally dispersed audience, by e-learning. MH KAVEH

  20. Disadvantages • Technology issues of the learners • Technophobia • Unavailability of required technologies. • Limited access to a computer as well as the Internet. • Required computer skills especially for beginners; MH KAVEH

  21. Disadvantages • For beginners, it has been reported that confronting computer technology was more stressful and consumed more timeat the beginning of a course. MH KAVEH

  22. Disadvantages • Feeling isolated and missing social contact • Feeling that they communicate largely with a machinerather than other human beings • Possible inadequate opportunity to discuss and interact with teachers MH KAVEH

  23. Disadvantages • Portabilityof training has become a strength of e-learning, but still does not rival that of printed workbooks or reference material. MH KAVEH