Moreover, the teaching that takes place in open learning is on a one to one basis. Thus the prospect of studying with others is not there. This may sound as being boring to some people who may want learning to be a communal exercise. The prospect of discussion and pointing out flaws in each others arguments is not there in open learning which might be missed by some managers. In fact the prospect of learning alone is belittled greatly by some managers who think that management is a greatly communal practice and hardly takes place on its own. Hence any learning that goes along with it must also be a communal practice (Billsberry 2000).
The fact that learning takes place alone also has disadvantages as far as the skill development goes. When managers are learning in a communal setting like in role-playing or in classroom learning or even case studies, there is a lot interaction involved among the members of the group, this may take place through groups discussions, one on one communication, presentations, etc. This develops the communication skills of the participants, something which is very crucial as far as the business environments goes. In fact, communication is said to be one of the most important tools as far as management development goes. However the development of this tool is missing from the open learning exercise and thus this is one of the greatest drawbacks of the method.