In the age of technology, many approaches have been changed. Learning process has been shifted from the traditional way to a new perspective of learning that uses the internet technology. This type of learning helps students to choose their courses without pressure of time and location. E-learning gives students the freedom of choosing the time that they want to spend on studying. So it might be more flexible for students because they can perform and study from anywhere even they can wear anything they want. According to CCA consulting, nearly fifty percent of higher education institutions currently involved with online learning. This percentage indicates that online learning should be considered as a serious alternative for traditional learning.
Online learning can be defined as the process of studying by taking courses that are credited or non credited from any part of the world with no limitations of time and location. This type of learning is performed through the internet technology (John.Reid, Online learning). According to DR.Bob Roper, and educational researcher, about six hundreds courses are delivered to the students all around the world by thirty five academic institutions which demonstrate the success and effectiveness of this program. This number is still increasing according to the efficient results that were achieved by those students who are taking these courses. The first type of E-Learning has started in the middle of 1990’s. By that time the internet was booming and spreading so fast. The improving of the internet played a role in establishing online education (Natalie Aranda , history of online learning) .
Communication is an essential factor in learning process. Online learning offers effectual communication .this communication can be between student to student and student to instructor by using some helpful tools such as discussion boards, chats and emails. These elements can help students to stay motivated and they
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