E-Learning

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What is eLearning?

Electronic Learning - eLearning- is an umbrella term used for a variety of approaches to education employing computer and internet technology. The term eLearning was coined at the end of last century, but the idea is older. Distance learning courses started using the internet as early as the beginning of the 90s. The forerunner to eLearning, “computer based training“, was centered on human machine interaction, using interactive CD-ROMs and so forth.

By 2010, the world market for eLearning is expected to exceed $52.6 billion, and the growth rate to range between15% and 30%, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts. The US leads in the corporate eLearning market with a share of over 60%, while Europe is in second place with
a share of less than 15%

Jay Cross claims to have coined the term “e-Learning“some ten years ago. He works as a consultant in the corporate sector www.internettime.com

Bernard Luskin, the “distance learning pioneer”, brought PCs to classrooms and nowadays also works as a consultant at schools, universities, companies, and the military.

Some eLearning advocates now adays speak of “Informal Learning“ instead of eLearning. They say traditional curricula are too slow for most adult learners, who know exactly what they need to know at a given time. So Web 2.0 techniques like Wikis, Blogs, RSS-Feeds, Social Bookmarking and Podcasts come into play, and the information to be learned is self-tailored from user Generated and filtered content.

Who uses e-learning?
Besides “traditional” online and offline eLearning techniques-- like computer-based training or niches like game based-learning – there are two kinds of online- software making up the backbone of most eLearning services:

LMS - Learning Management Systems are web-based software, providing course and
client management and services for collaborative and distance learning „anytime, anyplace,
any pace“. Examples are the open-source “Moodle“-System and Microsoft‘s „Sharepoint“.

LCMS - Learning Content Management Systems are an advancement of LMS, which include author systems allowing users to create their own courses. In both systems there are Reusable Learning Objects (RLO), small bits of information that serve as building blocks for online-courses.
“Rapid eLearning“stands for a type of Just In Time development and distribution of learning-material
“Blended Learning“uses a mix of technology and face-to-face sessions.
“M-m-Learning“(mobile Learning) relies on mobile devices and can occur anywhere.