Fall 2000

 

 

 

E-Learning. eLearning. “e”Learning. elearning.

However you want to write it (we use “eLearning” and “eleaning”), on the Internet and in the popular press, definitions of elearning abound. Here are several we found:

“The convergence of the Internet and learning, or Internet-enabled learning.”

“The use of network technologies to create, foster, deliver, and facilitate learning, anytime and anywhere.”

“The delivery of individualized, comprehensive, dynamic learning content in real time, aiding the development of communities of knowledge, linking learners and practitioners with experts.”

“A phenomenon that delivers accountability, accessibility, and opportunity allowing people and organizations to keep up with the rapid changes that define the Internet world.”

“A force that gives people and organizations the competitive edge to allow them to keep ahead of the rapidly changing global economy.”

 

If designed and delivered correctly, elearning is and does all these things. The problem with most interpretations of this e-word, however, is that they focus too heavily on the “e,” the technical side, less so on the second part of the word: learning.

At its heart elearning is, simply, learning. Learning is dynamic and alive, accomplished in personal ways, in individual heads and hearts. All obvious, you might think. Now so.

The real challenge in elearning is keeping the people it’s designed for in mind.  How do people learn? How do people acquire and retain skills? How do people access information to help their development? Only after these questions are addressed should the “e” in elearning become a factor. Only then can the technical sidethe electronic deliverybe adapted to the learner. 

Come to think of it, the “e” should actually follow the word “learning.”  Logic notwithstanding, we must concede that “Learning-e” doesn’t have quite the same ring as “eLearning”… However, you type it, elearning is altering the marketplace and will eventually help us each learn.

LiNE Zine