E-learning is a particular teaching method that is becoming increasingly popular in Italy both in public administrations and in private companies. It is interesting to understand how this metolodology has achieved so much success in a short time. Certainly it demonstrates various advantages linked to the fact that the use of training through the Internet automatically reduces the distance, ie it avoids the need to physically move to reach various parts of Italy where specialized courses are held that may not be in one’s own city. Undoubtedly it is also a practice that stimulates learning in a perhaps even more effective way than teaching in the classroom live with a teacher because it is like having a private teacher available and not being in a probably very crowded classroom where the questions of all course participants. From here the key to immediate success achieved by e-learning certainly derives. This type of training process is aimed especially at people between the ages of 30 and 50, who often already possess degrees (from the diploma to the first-level or specialist degrees) and who may seek to professionalize themselves to have more chance in finding a job. Let’s see in detail the advantages and disadvantages of this teaching method:

Let’s start with the advantages:

Abatement of space-time barriers

Possibility to have many more communication channels

Always available training

Greater Privacy

Lower costs than traditional courses

Possibility to take advantage of a richer training process in the interaction between students, student-teacher or student-tutors

Take advantage of synchronous communication tools such as chat, teleconferences as well as asynchronous as e-mail or forum

Immediate controllability of the learning process

Checks on purpose, learning and methods at any time are favored

It also favors the planning of individualized support interventions (tutoring, assistance, etc.)

Most courses (especially if developed by companies) do not deviate from the professional environment to which they belong

Flexibility of educational solutions

The terms of development of the entire training process are reduced (never more queues to talk to tutors or teachers)

Let’s move on to the disadvantages that can be encountered:

Lower emotional communication

Lack of human contact

Any technical limits related to the connection band or technological problems


Problems related to the possible divergence of teachers in the publication of materials, or in the use of additional communication channels for personalized support.

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