e-Learning vs. Drillster

Blog / News | 12-09-22

Why Drillster is so much more than e-learning.

It is hardly surprising that people often confuse the Drillster way of learning with classical e-Learning… because both solutions are EdTech. Both approaches allow for content to be learnt digitally through computers, laptops, or even mobile phones. Additionally, both methods provide flexibility, without any time-related or geographical barriers. However, classical e-Learning is usually a simple substitute for old-fashioned methods, and is therefore not always as innovative as it seems. Here’s why…

The term e-Learning means nothing more than electronic learning. A lot of e-Learning providers simply replace the channel through which learning content is provided: pdfs instead of hard copy, videos or live streams instead of face-to-face classes, and online tests instead of tests on-site. This is not very innovative, even when more sophisticated modules are used. Today’s fast-changing and more digital world calls for a completely different approach. A more specific methodology is needed to achieve real change and adapt to current (corporate) learning needs. 

This is where Drillster comes into play: a new way of learning and actually remembering, an efficient and effective methodology that outperforms traditional e-Learning and that is based on principles that educational sciences have proven to be effective. These are the main differences between the two methods: 


Classical e-Learning The Drillster way of learning
One size fits all. Adaptive learning personalized to the learner’s speed and knowledge level.
Passive learning, like just reading or listening, does not ensure that information is anchored. Simple recognition is not the same as learning.The assessment-based approach requires more effort. It challenges your brain to retrieve information. This way, information is processed actively and knowledge is anchored better.
Classical e-Learning provides a snapshot of the proficiency level. This knowledge peak fades away quickly if not maintained.Drillster calculates when it’s time to brush up and notifies you. The app also provides real-time insights into current and future proficiency levels through the forgetting curve. You learn to remember.
Cramming large courses creates long learning intervals and a cumbersome process.Microlearning modules make learning quick, effective, and easy to fit into a busy life.
Low learning engagement results in poor user involvement.Commitment is optimized with higher engagement thanks to gamification elements and applicability.
Feedback usually comes after the full course is completed, or even a long time after completion. The longer the feedback delay, the less use it has and the more time incorrect information has to settle in the brain.Immediate positive feedback is an indispensable part of assessment-based learning. Brief positive feedback is provided immediately after each exercise, when it is most effective. Learn more in the blog ‘The positive effects of positive feedback’.
Learning content changes all the time, but it can be time-consuming, difficult and expensive to make changes to the modules. Without an updated module, users learn outdated information.You can create your own learning modules in the intuitive editor, and it is easy to adjust content yourself in real time. This saves you time and money.

Drillster is not just a form of e-Learning, it goes much further. Its innovative methodology and technology fit current educational needs. The app helps people to retain and anchor knowledge more effectively. Last but not least, learners stay proficient all year round thanks to continuous learning made possible by Drillster’s technology, science and a smart algorithm. This is how you get the best out of your employees and students! Click here to read more about how learning works with Drillster.


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Niels van Wijk

Email: niels@drillster.com
Phone: +31627597477