Understanding E-Learning is simple. E-Learning is learning utilizing electronic technologies to access educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom.In most cases, it refers to a course, program or degree delivered completely online.
There are many terms used to describe learning that is delivered online, via the internet, ranging from Distance Education, to computerized electronic learning, online learning, internet learning and many others. We define E-Learning as courses that are specifically delivered via the internet to somewhere other than the classroom where the professor is teaching. It is not a course delivered via a DVD or CD-ROM, video tape or over a television channel. It is interactive in that you can also communicate with your teachers, professors or other students in your class. Sometimes it is delivered live, where you can “electronically” raise your hand and interact in real time and sometimes it is a lecture that has been prerecorded. There is always a teacher or professor interacting /communicating with you and grading your participation, your assignments and your tests. E-Learning has been proven to be a successful method of training and education is becoming a way of life for many citizens.
E-Learning is for everyone. Because E-Learning courses offer the flexibility to fit into a student’s available time schedule, an E-Learning student must have the self discipline to work through the material on a consistent and regular basis in order to keep up with the rest of their classmates. Usually, a textbook is required just as it would be in a regular on-campus program. Although you may not be sitting in a classroom with other students, E-Learning courses are often comprised of a group of students, called cohorts, who learn the material separately, but simultaneously and are expected to interact with one another about the material throughout the week via discussion boards, typically through an online classroom management system.
There are usually scheduled test due dates and assignments that must be submitted on time. It takes real self discipline, as well as time management and organizational skills. If you have that self discipline and organization, then E-Learning will be a good choice for you.
Your schedule, your pace, your place. If you can maintain the necessary self-discipline, the benefits of E-Learning are almost too numerous to count. You can cover the material when you have time, go over it as often as you need, all without traveling to the classroom. There are no parking problems or expenses, transportation fees, athletic fees, housing and food service fees, plus you can take the class from any location with internet access. There have been many studies showing that E-Learning students retain the material to a significantly greater degree than face-to-face instructor led classes. The content delivery is consistent and can be easily repeated if needed to gain a better understanding.