Can e-learning truly replace instructor-led classroom trainings?
Like comparing apples and oranges, the comparison between e-learning and classroom learning is never fair! Both have their benefits and their drawbacks. There are courses that are best conducted in classrooms and then there are programs that can best be imparted with e-learning. So they can never really replace each other. But technology can definitely make its presence felt strongly in the classroom as well and help re-enforce its effect.
Many organizations have felt that combining the both has succeeded in giving the most impact. In addition to classroom sessions, WBT or CBT can be developed to re-enforce the teachings of the classroom. Alternatively, the basics of a course can be taught through e-learning, for the learner to come prepared to the classroom – where the details of the course can be taught.