Breaking the chains of traditional classroom and modifying to brand new
electronic learning, a new concept of e-learning has emerged in the last few
years. E-learning is the use of technology to enable people to learn anytime
and anywhere using the internet. It includes training, the delivery of
just-in-time information and guidance from experts.
E-Learning term is used synonymously with virtual learning, online
learning, computer based learning, web based learning, and networked learning.
However whatever may be the definition of e-learning, it is currently changing
the way schools and colleges teach and the students learn.
E-learning involves the use of a computer or electronic device like a
mobile phone and network enabled digital technologies which include internet,
intranet, satellite TV, CDROM, audio and video resources in some way or the
other to provide training or learning material.
Characteristic of E- learning focuses on flexible learning
method, seeks to promote collaboration and peers interaction thus making
one more social. The efficacy of e-learning depends on establishing two-way
communication between teachers and learners, or among themselves.
E-learning can be provided in many ways as given below:
Networked versus Stand alone
Individual versus Group
Online versus Offline
Internet versus Intranet
Computer based versus Other digital devices
Blended versus Fully online
Self-paced versus Instructor lead
Advantages of e-Learning to the Trainer or
Organization are reduced overall cost , increased
retention and application of subject, proof of completion and certification ,expert
knowledge readiness and stable
delivery of content.
Advantages to the Learner quick reference materials are available, on-demand availability, self-pacing of
learning and interactivity engages
Possible drawbacks of e-Learning are that it
is technology dependent, expensive method. Also there may be material
incompatibility; quality of the content may not be reliant. It may be
unsuitable for certain types of training and certain types of learners .Other
drawbacks are inflexibility of the course midway once it has started and not
useful to students with visual and physical disabilities.
Even though the E-learning is quickly becoming welcomed and offers an
alternative for those who cannot attend classroom training, yet it might not be
a match to face-to-face teaching