Online training is an educational modality that is presented as an alternative to face-to-face training and allows us to respond to the educational needs posed by an increasingly diversified and constantly evolving society.
This type of training is within the e-learning teaching modality, that is, learning through the Internet and associated technologies.
E-learning is based on taking advantage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), using different virtual platforms or other tools, to distribute training materials and generate communication tools with the aim of creating a virtual environment for learning.
Through technology, the student and the teacher have access to interactive and multimedia training in web format. The tutors follow the training through the virtual services and provide the content and materials, as well as everything necessary, to complete the training successfully.
Online training enables access to education for all those people who, due to personal, professional, social, geographical, or other exceptional circumstances cannot continue their studies through the ordinary face-to-face regime.
This type of teaching, which has been on the rise for a long time, has been promoted as a useful and necessary tool for continuous training and throughout life. It should be said that the main users of online training are adults.
At present there is a wide range of online courses and a business sector has even developed dedicated exclusively to the creation and management of this type of training. In fact, numerous studies show how companies increasingly invest in the continuous training of their workers through e-learning platforms and in the creation of virtual spaces for the exchange of experiences and knowledge.
Studying online has a number of advantages and disadvantages:
Advantages of studying online:
- Flexible schedule.
- Ease of combining studies with other activities.
- You can study at any time from anywhere.
- Updated content.
- Variety of training activities (videos, podcasts, forums, group work environment, materials in web format, interactive exercises, etc.).
- Direct contact with the teacher.
- Wide training offer.
- Disadvantages of studying online.
- You must have a minimum of technical skills to successfully pass the training.