Level 1 eLearning: Passive

Level 1 eLearning is also known as passive or basic eLearning. Learners read or watch information with little to no interaction or feedback. Passive eLearning delivers large amounts of information quickly and efficiently to a large audience. It's ideal for situations where learners require a basic understanding of a topic or need to review information at their own pace.

Time and Cost:

Level 1 eLearning courses can be an excellent starting point for organizations that are new to online training or have limited budgets. They can usually be developed in a matter of weeks, depending on the scope and complexity of the content. The development time and cost depends on the number of modules, the amount of multimedia used, the level of interactivity, and other factors.

When to use:

  • Orientation and onboarding training: These courses are designed to familiarize new employees with the company culture, policies, and procedures.
  • Compliance training: Courses that cover topics such as harassment, data privacy, or updates to existing policies are often delivered as Level 1 eLearning.
  • Soft skills training: Courses that teach communication, leadership, and other interpersonal skills can be effective as basic eLearning.


  • eLearning courses that self-advance or the learner advances after reading or listening to content on each page.
  • eBooks, online articles, or blog posts
  • Video lectures or pre-recorded webinars
  • Podcasts and audio recordings
  • Static infographics

Advantages and Disadvantages


Level 1 eLearning is relatively quick, easy, and inexpensive to create.

  • It consists of text, images, and basic interactions.
  • It doesn't require complex simulations or multimedia.

Level 1 eLearning is highly scalable.

  • It can be delivered to a large audience in a short amount of time.
  • It enables learners to complete training at their own pace.


Level 1 eLearning can be:

  • Less engaging than higher-level courses.
  • Text-heavy and lack complex interactions, resulting in learners that become bored or disinterested.
  • Less effective for teaching complex or technical information.
  • Difficult to measure learner understanding or progress.

If you are considering Level 1 eLearning for your organization, Wieser Learning Solutions can help you determine if Level 1 eLearning is the right delivery level for your schedule, budget, and learners' needs.