There are probably a thousand definitions for E-Learning, but you can’t go far wrong with this one:

“E-Learning is the use of technology to enable people to learn anytime and anywhere.”

According to the European Community, E-learning is the use of multimedia technologies and theInternet in order to improve the quality of learning through facilitating access to resources and services and through collaboration and knowledge sharing at a distance.
Another definition of E-learning says that E-learning is understood as the use of technologies to support the full range of pedagogic opportunities,encompassing flexible and distributed learning, and as a communications and delivery tool between individuals and groups to support students and improve the management of learning.

E-Learning can include a lot of different types of learning. When people sy e-Learning they usually mean online modules which learners work through on their own, at their own pace. These are typically delivered over the Internet but can also be delivered via CD or downloaded.

These can include a range of media flash animations, audio and video. They often have some assessment component to test for understanding.

E-Learning can mean a lot more than just a self-study course online. The definition has be broadened to include any form of learning wich uses technology to help people learn. This can include:

  • Virtual Classroms
  • Audio Conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forums
  • Instant Messaging
  • Podcasts
  • Vodcasts
  • Online games and many others.