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What is eLearning?

by Ron Kurtus (revised 24 January 2012)

eLearning (or e-learning) is a catch-all term that covers a wide range of instructional material that can be delivered on a CD-ROM or DVD, over a local area network (LAN), or on the Internet. It includes Computer-Based Training (CBT), Web-Based Training (WBT), Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS), distance or online learning and online tutorials. The major advantage to students is its easy access.

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eLearning provides easy access

eLearning provides the student or learner with information that can be accessed in a setting free from time and place constraints. The student can go through the lessons at his or her own pace.

In many cases—especially in a CBT delivered on a CD-ROM—the material is media-rich information, including such multimedia forms as audio and video.

The progress and achievement of the student can be assessed in eLearning, with custom feedback and evaluation available in an interactive environment.

Typical elements

Typical elements of eLearning material comes from good instructional design and is similar to what is used in training and educational classes:

Authoring approach

Instructional authoring of eLearning, CBT or WBT material requires a methodical approach. 


eLearning encompasses CBT, WBT and other electronic delivery forms of training and teaching. The authoring of eLearning must be done methodically, considering the user interface and effective transfer of knowledge.

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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


How E-learning Works - From

E-learning - From Wikipedia

What is eLearning? - Good overview from eLearning Consulting

What is E-Learning? - From WorldWideLearning/com

eLearning Resources


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