E-learning - a way of providing information

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E-learning - a way of providing information

An e-learning program can be a cost-effective alternative to classroom training, but it also can be a huge waste of time and money if it's not implemented correctly. Firstly let me introduce some definitions of E-learning:

The component of distributed learning that includes digital content, is experienced through a technology interface, and is Internet-enabled. Collaboration is a desirable feature but not a requirement. e-marketplace (electronic marketplace) A Web site that enables buyers to select from many suppliers. E-marketplaces - which focus on putting the buyer in control - are buying environments that aggregate supplier content and provide decision support tools that enable a buyer to make the most informed decision .

Education via the Internet, network, or standalone computer. Network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge. e-learning refers to using electronic applications and processes to learn. e-learning applications and processes include Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration.

Content is delivered via the Internet, intranet/extranet, audio or video tape, satellite TV, and CD-ROM .

Broad definition of the field of using technology to deliver learning and training programs. Typically used to describe media such as CD-ROM, Internet, Intranet, wireless and mobile learning. Some include Knowledge Management as a form of e-learning. Took awhile for the right term to come about, circa 1995 it was all called "Internet based Training", then "Web-based Training" (to clarify that delivery could be on the Inter- or Intra-net), then "Online Learning" and finally e-learning, adopting the in vogue use of "e-" during the dot com boom. The "e-" breakthrough enabled the industry to reaise hundreds of millions from venture capitalists who would invest in any industry that started with this magic letter.

E-learning most often means an approach to facilitate and enhance learning by means of PCs...