by Laura Heap, on Dec 04, 2013

What is e-learning?

Snapshot: An introduction to e-learning.

e-learning can be defined as...
"learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet" (Oxford Dictionary)
"learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology." (JISC)

e-learning can also be referred to as online learning as it involves the internet or sometimes as digital learning as it uses technology and tools in many different forms.

Some believe that e-learning also includes m-learning (mobile learning). In simple terms, m-learning can happen where participants have a portable, mobile, handheld device which can connect to the internet. However, some researchers and academics view m-learning as a separate category in its own right.

The video opposite looks at what e-learning means at King's College London.

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Further materials

Start with the JISC materials on e-learning:

Introduction to e-learning

This JISC RSC guide looks at the defining common terms:

What is the difference between IT, ICT and e-learning?

Read David Newton's article on what is means to be involved in e-learning in HE:

Online students and teachers are no different from the rest of academia

Amy Collier discusses open online learning in the TED video opposite>

Further materials