Advantages and Disadvantages of E-learning

Advantagesand Disadvantages of E-learning

Advantagesand Disadvantages of E-learning

Developmentsin technology have greatly affected today’s generation. A few yearsago, it was impossible to find a majority of people using gadgets anddevices in a bid to get knowledge. However, in this day and age,obtaining knowledge virtually is preferred. There are many advantagesthat come with e-learning. In the same way, there are disadvantagesassociated with online based learning (Horton, 2011).

E-learninghas made it easier for students to comprehend various concepts. Thereare those ideas that cannot be grasped without practicality. Throughe-learning, it is possible for the student to get access to videos,films and animations that provide the students with more information(Horton, 2011). This is also advantageous because students are ableto access the content at their own time hence this makes it easierfor comprehension.

Withe-learning, students have the freedom of picking out the place andtime when they would like to conduct their study. The material usedfor learning is always available online as long as there is greatinternet connection. Some students opt for schools and colleges thatare far from their homelands but, through e-learning, they are ableto bring those schools to their homes. There are online courses inwhich students are allowed to settle for the hours in which they arecomfortable. E-learning cuts down on various costs and makes itpossible for students from all parts of the world to obtain knowledge(Maier, Hädrich, &amp Peinl 2009).

Theknowledge of computers is essential in today’s age and era. Throughe-learning, people are able to learn and acquaint themselves withmore information about computers. These devices are primarily neededfor e-learning to be successful and for this reason students shouldhave a great background about them (Horton, 2006). The more anindividual continues to use the computers, the more knowledge theyobtain. In relation to that, students are able to learn more aboutthe world of the internet.

Accordingto Maier et al (2009), the major disadvantage of e-learning is thehindrance of an individual’s social life. Learning online has doneaway with the need for students to physically attend classes andinteract. Communication using e-mails, chat sites and messages havetaken a toll on face to face interactions. It is also important torealize that some of the concepts and ideas cannot be grasped by theuse of e-learning. There are some cases where not even the videos andfilms offered by e-learning will salvage the situation at hand.

Thereare times when the internet is very slow. In such a scenario, thestudent may become frustrated and opt not to undertake the task.Research has shown that slow internet is among the top things thatannoy human beings. Also, there are programs and software thatenables a computer to run and this is essential for the learningprocess to take place. When an individual is using an old computer,they may always have problems with the software. Computers areexpensive and not every student is in a position to afford them(Maier 2009).

E-learningdoes not give students the motivation to learn. It has been notedthat most students who learn online are lazy and end up skipping manyclasses and missing out on tests. The students assume that they haveall the time to study but, this would not be the case if the learningwas taking place in a classroom. In class, the instructor is alwayspresent and will see to it that all students are at par. When itcomes to e-learning, there are times when the instructor is notavailable and for this reason, students end up being confused(Dasgupta 2006).


Horton,W, S. (2011). E-learningby design.New York: Barons press.

Maier,R., Hädrich, T., &amp Peinl, R. (2009). Enterpriseknowledge infrastructures.Berlin: Springer.