What is eLearning?

E- Learning is an emerging trend in educational world and commonly used to describe learning done at a computer, usually connected to a network. Some of the commonly used terms for e-learning are:

  • online learning
  • online education
  • distance education
  • distance learning
  • technology-based training
  • web-based training
  • computer-based training (generally thought of as learning from a CD-ROM)

An important aspect of e-learning is that it empowers people who are facing difficulties in improving their knowledge, skills, qualification, etc. due to the limitations of time, distance and resources. The most power feature of e-learning is that it offers various modes of learning meeting the needs of individual.  For this purpose various e-learning delivery methods have been devised.  Some of them are listed below; [For details follow this Link]:

  • Asynchronous e-Learning:
    • Self-paced Courses
    • Discussion Groups
  • Synchronous e-Learning
    • Virtual Classroom
    • Audio and Video Conferencing
    • Chat
    • Shared Whiteboard
    • Application Sharing
    • Instant Messaging
  • Development and Management
    • Learning Management Systems
    • Learning Content Management Systems
    • Knowledge Management

It is worth noticing that there is no single e-learning method which is best for every learning need. Hence, keeping in view the needs of the learners, multiple e-learning methods are being recommended. E-learning could not be considered an alternate to convention learning methods. But a blended learning program, combing e-learning and traditional learning methods, can produce better learning gains. Also limitations of time, up to certain extend, distance and resources could be overcome.

Websites’  offering useful information about e-learning

Journals & magazines

Articles & White Papers:

Online Learning for Seniors: Barriers and Opportunities By Mark Notess and Lesa Lorenzen-Huber

The Semantic Web and E-learning By Chris Daly, Macmillan Publishers, Ltd.

Designing and Developing E-learning Projects: A Three-Tiered Approach By Saul Carliner, Concordia University

Designing Usable, Self-Paced e-Learning Courses: A Practical Guide By Michael Feldstein, SUNY Learning Network, and Lisa Neal, eLearn Magazine