E-learning refers to a learning system that we can obtain through the internet using an electronic device. We also call it online learning or online education. The ‘E’ in E-learning stands for ‘Electronic.’ Hence, the original term ‘electronic learning.’
The term may also refer to a network that can provide knowledge and skills to one or more individuals. The network can provide the knowledge or skills either to everyone simultaneously or individually.
People can do an online course via a wide variety of different platforms, such as:
- MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses), e.g. Coursera or Futurelearn.
- Virtual learning environment (VLE), such as Learn or Blackboard.
- Video streaming services, such as YouTube.
- Virtual instructor-led training (VILT), e.g. WebEx or webinars.
- Discussion boards.