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The University Of Jordan

E-learning

Done by: Yasmine Mehyar
Public Administration
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E-learning
E-learning is essentially the network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge. E-learning refers to using electronic applications and processes to learn. E-learning applications and processes include Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms and digital collaboration. (1) The delivery of a learning, training or education program by electronic means. E-learning involves the use of a computer or electronic device (e.g. a mobile phone) in some way to provide training, educational or learning material. (2) Advantages of E-learning

Flexibility, Accessibility, Convenience
Learners can proceed through a training program "at their own pace and at their own place." They can also access the e-Learning course at any time and only as much as they need. This is also known as "Just in time and just enough." (3) Cross-platform Support

E-Learning courses are accessible by Web browsers on any platform: Windows, Mac, UNIX, OS/2, Amiga, etc. You can deliver your training program to any machine over the Internet or intranet without having to author a program specifically for each platform. (3) Browsers and Internet Connections are Widely Available

Most computer users have access to a browser, such as Netscape or Internet Explorer, and are connected to a company's intranet and/or have access to the Internet.(3) Inexpensive Worldwide Distribution

No separate distribution mechanism is needed. E-Learning courses are accessible from any computer anywhere in the world, which keeps delivery costs low. (3) Ease of Updates
After the e-Learning course is released, any changes can be made on the server hosting the program and everyone worldwide can instantly access the update. Courses can be designed to access designated current information, such as the latest new product specifications, from any other server worldwide for an on-the-fly update whenever the e-Learning course is run. (3)

Savings in Travel Cost and Time
There are no travel costs for bringing remote employees to a centralized workshop because the Web is available from all desktops. (3) E-learning builds community:
The web enables people to build enduring communities of practice where they can come together to share knowledge and insight long after a training program ends. This can be a tremendous motivator for organizational learning. Via forums or chats the governmental employees can exchange their experience or their special knowledge about recent changes in legislation or special treatments. The citizen will also have the possibility to interact with clerks to ask questions on specific processes of public services.(9) E-learning provides an increasingly valuable customer service: A business e-commerce effort can be enhanced through the effective and engaging use of e-learning that helps customers derive increased benefit from the site. Providing an online help for the citizen to guide himself through the jungle of numerous processes of public services and learn about them on the online portal. (9) Disadvantages of E-learning 

Access
Learners need to have access to a computer as well the internet. They also need to have computer skills with programs such as word processing, internet browsers and e-mail. Without these skills and software it is not possible for the learner to succeed in e-learning. E-learners need to be very comfortable using a computer. Slow internet connections or older computers may make accessing course materials difficult. This may cause the learners to get frustrated and give up. (4) Software and Files

Managing computer files, software comfort ability and learning new software, including e-learning. For learners with beginner-level it can sometimes seem complex to keep their computer files organized. The lesson points you to download a file which the learner does and later cannot find the file. The file is downloaded...
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