What is e-learning?
Learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology, e-learning can cover a spectrum of activities from supported learning, to blended learning (the combination of traditional and e-learning practices), to learning that is entirely online.
Whatever the technology be, learning is the vital element. E-learning is delivered using electronic delivery methods such as CD-ROMs, video conferencing, websites, and e-mail.
Often used in distance-learning programmes, this mode of training covers a wide set of applications and processes such as web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration. It includes the delivery of content via Internet, intranet/extranet, audio and videotape, satellite, and CD-ROM. However, many organizations only consider it as a network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge.
E-learning has progressed a long way since the early days of computer. Technology improvements have been rapid and so have been the changes in training method. Main changes have been the merging of video with computer and later merging of communication with these technologies. The first step was the introduction of interactive video. This make trainer to use the power of computer based training with the ability of the interactive video disc to produce moving pictures and sound, thus creating stimulating and effective training.
From the training perspective, e-learning has complemented the trainers with effective tools and allowed better and increased reach. With the improvements in e-learning technologies, today, trainers are able to create and develop Demonstrations, Simulations, Scenario – based training, and Robust quizzes that has allowed the normal classroom training made available to many more and made the classroom activity itself more effective and interactive.
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