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E-Learning is a type of education where the medium of instruction is computer technology. In some instances, no in-person interaction takes place.
is used interchangeably in a wide variety of contexts. In companies, it refers to the strategies that use the company network to deliver training courses to employees. In the USA, it is defined as a planned teaching/learning experience that uses a wide spectrum of technologies, mainly Internet or computer-based, to reach learners. Lately in most Universities, e-learning is used to define a specific mode to attend a course or programmes of study where the students rarely, if ever, attend face-to-face for on-campus access to educational facilities, because they study online.
E-Learning has become a huge market in recent years due to the increased usage of the internet for training. Companies are now resorting to companies such as Learnsomething.com and Isoph Blue for their e-learning solutions.
Universities have also begun using this technology. Florida State University uses a program such a Blackboard to host classroom materials, notes, and assignments online. Some classes are even hosted completely online.
Pharmacies such as CVS and Rite Aid are now training their pharmacists and techinicians on company compliance programs using their e-learning solution.
As hospitals, pharmacies, and private practices are becoming more technologically advanced they are taking their training to a whole new level. Courses such as "Continuing Education for Physicians" provide physicians with the ability to complete continuing education credits online at the leisure of the student. This allows those who do not have the ability to necessarily attend school due to work restrictions, etc, the ability to take coursework at more convenient time.
The worldwide e-learning industry is estimated to be worth over 38 billion euros according to conservative estimates,
although in the European Union only about 20% of e-learning products are produced within the common market. Developments in
internet and multimedia technologies are the basic enabler of e-learning, with content, technologies and services being identified as
the three key sectors of the e-learning industry.
As early as 1993, Graziadei, W. D. described an online computer-delivered lecture, tutorial and assessment project using electronic
Mail, two VAX Notes conferences and Gopher/Lynx together with several software programs that allowed students and instructor to create
a Virtual Instructional Classroom Environment in Science (VICES) in Research, Education, Service & Teaching (REST). In 1997 Graziadei,
W.D., et al., published an article entitled "Building Asynchronous and Synchronous Teaching-Learning Environments: Exploring a
Course/Classroom Management System Solution". They described a process at the State University of New York (SUNY) of evaluating
products and developing an overall strategy for technology-based course development and management in teaching-learning. The product(s)
had to be easy to use and maintain, portable, replicable, scalable, and immediately affordable, and they had to have a high probability
of success with long-term cost-effectiveness. Today many technologies can be, and are, used in e-Learning, from blogs to collaborative
software, ePortfolios, and virtual classrooms. Most eLearning situations use combinations of the these techniques.
Along with the terms learning technology, instructional technology, and Educational Technology, the term is generally used to refer to the
use of technology in learning in a much broader sense than the computer-based training or Computer Aided Instruction of the 1980s.
It is also broader than the terms Online Learning or Online Education which generally refer to purely web-based learning. In cases
where mobile technologies are used, the term M-learning has become more common. E-learning, however, also has implications beyond just
the technology and refers to the actual learning that takes place using these systems.
E-learning is naturally suited to distance learning and flexible learning, but can also be used in conjunction with face-to-face teaching,
in which case the term Blended learning is commonly used. E-Learning pioneer Bernard Luskin argues that the "E" must be understood to have
broad meaning if e-Learning is to be effective. Luskin says that the "e" should be interpreted to mean exciting, energetic, enthusiastic,
emotional, extended, excellent, and educational in addition to "electronic" that is a traditional national interpretation. This broader
interpretation allows for 21st century applications and brings learning and media psychology into the equation.
In higher education especially, the increasing tendency is to create a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) (which is sometimes combined
with a Management Information System (MIS) to create a Managed Learning Environment) in which all aspects of a course are handled through
a consistent user interface standard throughout the institution. A growing number of physical universities, as well as newer online-only
colleges, have begun to offer a select set of academic degree and certificate programs via the Internet at a wide range of levels and in
a wide range of disciplines. While some programs require students to attend some campus classes or orientations, many are delivered
completely online. In addition, several universities offer online student support services, such as online advising and registration,
e-counseling, online textbook purchase, student governments and student newspapers.
e-Learning can also refer to educational web sites such as those offering learning scenarios, worksheets and interactive exercises for
children. The term is also used extensively in the business sector where it generally refers to cost-effective online training.
Growth of E-Learning:
By 2006, nearly 3.5 million students were participating in on-line learning at institutions of higher education in the United States. Many higher education, for-profit institutions, now offer on-line classes. By contrast, only about half of private, non-profit schools offer them. The Sloan report, based on a poll of academic leaders, says that students generally appear to be at least as satisfied with their on-line classes as they are with traditional ones. Private institutions may become more involved with on-line presentations as the cost of instituting such a system decreases. Properly trained staff must also be hired to work with students on-line. These staff members need to understand the content area, and also be highly trained in the use of the computer and Internet. Online education is rapidly increasing, and online doctoral programs have even developed at leading research universities.
Goal of E-Learning:
E-Learning lessons are generally designed to guide students through information or to help students perform in specific tasks.
Information based e-Learning content communicates information to the student. Examples include content that distributes the history or
facts related to a service, company, or product. In information-based content, there is no specific skill to be learned.
In performance-based content, the lessons build off of a procedural skill in which the student is expected to increase proficiency.
Courses offered through Learnsomething.com:
Preventing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
Bipolar Disorder and Side Effects Caused by Medication
Continuing Education - Physicians
And many more!
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