Classroom vs. e-learning: What’s right for your organization?

Keeping employees' skills up to date is essential in a world where new technology, trends and best practices are introduced faster than most companies can adopt them. The reality is, if your organization doesn't support ongoing training for its employees, it's going to fall behind—fast.

Classroom vs. online


Get the most out of training

Keeping employees’ skills up-to-date is essential in a world where new technology, trends and best practices are introduced faster than most companies can adopt them. The reality is, if your organization doesn’t support ongoing training for its employees, it’s going to fall behind fast. 

So which solution is right for your organization: traditional classroom-based instruction or online learning? Here’s a head-to-head comparison:

Classroom: instructor controls pace of course. 

Online learning: Learner controls pace of course.


Classroom: Costs include tuition, fees, travel and accommodations— things get pricey fast!

Online learning: Reasonably priced monthly or annual subscription fees.


Classroom: Course administered once with little to no reference materials.

Online learning: Course can be taken and reviewed as needed, and used as a reference tool for other team members. 


Classroom: Courseware can’t be updated quickly.

Online learning: Can easily add new curriculum and make updates. 


Classroom: Usually limited to one topic. 

Online learning: Learners can choose from multiple topics and cross-skill.


The online learning advantage

88% of employees say on-demand, online learning helps them more in their daily work than classroom based learning.1

60% increase in retention. 2

Online education speeds up learning time by 35-60%3

Companies who offer best practices online learning and on-the-job training generate around 26% more revenue per employee4

Companies that use online learning tools experience a 50% boost in productivity.5

“Technology skills have a two-year half-life.”6


The power of Pluralsight

So now that you understand the online learning advantage, take a look at the power of Pluralsight:

81% of subscribers attribute Pluralsight to improved job performance.1

55% have used their new skills at work within one week of learning them on Pluralsight.1

88% of learners access training to problem-solve more effectively during work hours.1

91% of subscribers expand their skills in more than 1 area.1

71% of team members and managers rate Pluralsight’s online training better than classroom training they’ve taken or provided.1

83.7: the number of average hours per year each employee saves from the skills they’ve learned training with Pluralsight in just 1 hr/week.1


More than 12,500 businesses trust us to have the training their employees need to success. What’s stopping you? 

9 of the 10 most profitable US technology companies use Pluralsight

14 out of the top 15 global software leaders (by revenue) train with Pluralsight


Fresh, fast and from the best in the biz

800+ authors who are MVPs, vExperts and more

80+ average new courses a month


Hitting business goals made easy

Mobile & offline apps to learn on the go

Hands-on exercise files to apply concepts

Course discussions to get answers fast

Learning paths and shareable playlists to hit learning targets

Learning Checks to measure knowledge and assess areas for improvement

Reporting & analytics to track employee progress


Can you afford to pass on Pluralsight?

95% of managers say ongoing training is critical for staff to succeed at work.7

80% of learning by professionals happens informally on the job.8

89% of employees say “if an employer invests in my training, I’m more likely to keep working at that company.7



1. 2015 Impact Report, CEB, Inc.

2. 2013 Research Institute of America study


4. The Value of Training, IBM report

5. Bersin

6., Eric Bloom, IT World

7. 2014 Pluralsight survey of 20,000 tech pros

8. Harvard Business Review