The following infographic provides an overview of the main differences between classical (E-)learning and competency development (in web):
While classical (E-)learning acts as formal learning for knowledge acquisition based on didactic and methodological principles through a teacher or trainer, competency development (in web) acts as informal learning for the development of competencies according to real problems through a learning support. Classical (E-)learning takes places within seminars or lectures (real or via learning management systems), competency development (in web) instead as the exchange of experience in the network (real or virtual wih social media). Another difference relates to graduation. Classical (E-)learning is usually concluded with a formal degree in the form of certificates (badges), while competency development (in web) as informal learning and learning by doing has no formal graduation.
Despite these differences, it is essential within a company that both disciplines will be combined for learning processes. So the formal know-how, which is necessary for competency development, can be passed to employees, e.g. through video-based e-learnings, and can then be discussed with others via social software and can be used in real problems.