E-learning: online teaching and training
e-learning refers to learning that takes place using technology, such as the internet, CD-ROMs and portable devices like mobile phones or MP3 players. Terms that are associated with e-learning and often used interchangeably and can be rather confusing are:
- Distance learning. It originally applied to traditional paper-based distance courses delivered by mail.
- Open learning. This is one aspect of distance learning and simply refers to how much independence the learner has.
- Online Learning. This is learning which takes place via the Internet.
- Blended learning. This is a mixture of online and face-to-face course delivery.