OER-UOU-elearning: Unit 1.2

 Learning outcomes After you read this Unit, you shall be able to e-Learning basics, Trends in E-learning, The Emergence of Blended Learning, Learning Theory in the Online Classroom: recent research findings, Online Instructor Roles, Training, Incentives, and Supports, Explosion of Online Programs, Universities, Courses, New learner roles, Expectations, Issues, Dilemmas, and Resolutions, Learners of 21st century, Mobile, Wireless, and Ubiquitous Learning Back to Block

Unit 1.2 - Introduction to E-Learning

“E-learning can be defined as the use of digital technologies and media to deliver, support and enhance teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation” (Armitage & O’Leary, 2003).

“E-learning refers to the systematic use of networked information and communication technology in teaching and learning” (Naidu, 2003).

The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) defines e-learning as teaching and learning “delivered, enabled or mediated by electronic technology for the explicit purpose of learning” (Rossen & Hartley, 2001). They include online learning, Web-based learning, and computer-based learning within e-learning.

In the Corporate E-Learning report, e-learning has been defined as “a wide set of applications and processes including computer-based learning, Web-based learning, virtual classroom, and digital collaboration” (WR Hambrecht & Co., 2000, p. 8). Here e-learning has been equated with “technology-based training.”