Disadvantage of Computer Based Training

Updated March 23, 2017

Computer-based training, with its affordability and easy access, is a new medium for learning. Thousands of companies use these systems to instruct new employees. Accredited institutions like universities and community colleges are also using distance learning as a way for students to earn class credits. However, there are many limitations associated with computer training. One of the most prevalent issues is the loss of a unique experience. Cookie-cutter instructions do not work for everyone.


With the advent of online learning, it is hard to tell if the user actually took the course. A student can have a friend take computer examinations for them, as there is no instructor present to prevent cheating.

Loss of a Unique Experience

Computer-based training generally relies on teaching masses of people the exact same thing in the exact same way. While this is cost-effective, it lacks versatility. A certain individual might be better taught by speech, another by visuals. Because most online learning systems are purely text-based, a large portion of the population loses out.

Low Interactivity

Interactive learning is any kind of education that requires students to respond actively to the study material. For example, computer programs that teach languages require students to speak in response to phrases and images. Users who interact while learning are more likely to retain information, and many online courses require very little interaction. For example, many online assessments simply require you to check a multiple-choice box as a response.

Technical Limitations

If the course is Internet-based, users must have access to the Internet. Only 76 per cent of the North American population used the Internet as of 2009. In addition, a person might not have access to a computer if the instructor does not provide it.

High Cost of Development

Though computer-based training systems are very cost-effective, the process of development can be very high. Creating a system that teaches well with multimedia elements and interactivity is not a simple process. Extensive e-training programs can cost millions of dollars to create. The program must also be maintained and updated at a high recurring cost. This is because of the need to hire programmers and content creators.

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Allan Hu has been writing since 2001 for several popular, self-owned websites like and He is educated in clinical and psychoanalytic psychology, as well as marketing and advertising.