When is elearning best used?

Learning programs are developed to address skills gaps in the following areas:

a. Cognitive domain – The skills in this area enable you to understand basic concepts and foundation knowledge of a specific topic

b. Interpersonal domain – The skills in this area enable you to engage and discuss with others, present a topic before a group, persuade, negotiate and other skills that improve interaction 

c. Psychomotor domain  – The skills in this area enable you to apply the basic concepts or foundational knowledge learned under the cognitive domains to solve problems, improve a procedure, or produce an output


“Elearning courses are often used to build the skills in the cognitive domain” (Amit, 2015). Interactive activities that are integrated in the elearning courses can enhance a person’s ability to reflect, apply systems and critical thinking to scenarios, to name a few.

To some extent, elearning can address skills in the interpersonal domain through constant dialogues and interactions with fellow learners in the virtual environment.

The same goes for the psychomotor domain if activities enable the learners to apply the concepts they have learned to specific situations or problems they encounter in the physical world. 


 eLearning is a good option when…

  • There is a significant amount of content to be delivered to a large number of learners
  • Learners come from geographically dispersed locations
  • Learners have limited mobility
  • Learners have limited time daily time to devote to learning
  • Learners do not have effective listening and reading skills
  • Learners have at least basic computer and internet skills
  • Learners are required to develop homogenous background knowledge on the topic
  • Learners are highly motivated to learn and appreciate proceeding at their own place
  • Content must be reused for different learners’ groups in the future
  • Training aims to build cognitive skills rather than psychomotor skills
  • The course addresses long-term rather than short-term training needs
  • There is a need to collect and track data

Source: FAO, 2011.

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