E-learning Definition and Explanation (Elearning, Online Training, Online Learning)

E-leaning Defined

There may be other definitions, but I define e-learning (also called elearning or eLearning) as:

The delivery of a learning, training or education program by electronic means. E-learning involves the use of a computer or electronic device (e.g. a mobile phone) in some way to provide training, educational or learning material. (Derek Stockley 2003)

E-learning can involve a greater variety of equipment than online training or education, for as the name implies, "online" involves using the Internet or an Intranet. CD-ROM and DVD can be used to provide learning materials.

Distance education provided the base for e-learning's development. E-learning can be "on demand". It overcomes timing, attendance and travel difficulties.

An e-journey is one type of e-learning or online training. Blended learning is e-learning combined with other training methods.

Derek Stockley provides public training programs in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane (Australia) and London (UK). The Derek Stockley team design and conduct soft skills training programs throughout Australia and Asia.

What's next?

Do you want to learn more about e-learning?

Implementing e-learning - an "how to" guide by Derek Stockley - important tips and information about the successful implementation of e-learning systems in companies and organisations. This article was originally in EI Magazine (EI, Volume 2 Issue 7, February 2006, Ark Group Ltd). You can read it in PDF format (as published) here.

There is a free tutorial on the Derek Stockley site called: E-learning Tutorial. It provides information about many aspects of elearning including major features, major trends, key issues, leading experts and comprehensive resource links.

Paul Semmens, a PhD research student at the University of Tasmania said "I found your online 'E-journey on E-learning' most interesting and helpful."

The major topics in the e-learning tutorial include answers to such questions as:

  • What is e-learning? What types of e-learning are there?
  • What is the relationship of e-learning to online education and/or training?
  • How big is the e-learning industry? Who are the major players?
  • What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?
  • Where can I find out more information? What resources are available?

A second e-journey is about Web Site Design and Construction. This is an extensive e-journey. It is also free.

On the other hand, another approach can be a simple listing of relevant and worthwhile sites. An example is : Interesting "leadership" sites.

In between these two examples is a hybrid - some information - some interesting links - see : Top 50 Management Gurus (Business Intellectuals). This page lists the top 50 management gurus identified by Accenture, the international consulting firm. Extensive links to information about each guru is provided.

For more information about Derek Stockley, select: Derek Stockley's Consulting Background.

The broader topic of training is discussed in detail in: Derek Stockley's Training (Human Resources Development) Links.