Goals of e-learningE-Learning lessons are generally designed to guide students through information or to helpstudents perform in specific tasks. The benefit of e-learning is:1.
: A 12-year meta-analysis of research by the U.S. Department of Education found that higher education students in online learning generally performed better than those in face-to-face courses.2.
Instructors of the highest calibre can share their knowledge across borders, allowing students to attend courses across physical, political, and economic boundaries. Recognized experts have the opportunity of making information availableinternationally, to anyone interested at minimum costs. For example, theMIT Open CourseWareprogram has made portions of that university's curriculum and lectures available for free online.3.
Convenience and flexibility to learners:
in many contexts, e-Learning is self-paced andthe learning sessions are available 24x7. Learners are not bound to a specific day/time to physically attend classes. They can also pause learning sessions at their convenience.4.
Per-student equipment costs are affordable
: Almost any computer today equipped witha modem and free browser software can access the Internet or a private Intranet. The cost of setup is relatively low.Types of e- learning
1. Web-based (Online)
It is delivered over theInternetusing aweb browser.Web-based training frequently includes
interactive methods, such as bulletin boards,chat rooms,instant messaging,
videoconferencing,and discussion threads.Some colleges apply this method where students may complete credit courses via onlinecomputer technology. Electronic mail (e-mail) may be used for quick, accurate, and reliablecommunication between student and instructor and between students. Students can downloadcourse assignments from the instructor and upload completed assignments to the instructor.In some courses, electronic discussions with other students and the instructor enhanceinteraction and create a classroom discussion environment. Some online courses guidestudents through valuable resources on the Internet, such as the World Wide Web.2.
Computer-based learning, sometimes abbreviated to CBL, refers to the use of computersas akey component of the educational environment. While this can refer to the use of computersin aclassroom,the term more broadly refers to a structured environment in which computers