E-learning Studies and confusion Technology-driven definitions Delivery-system-oriented definitions Communication-oriented definitions Educational-paradigm-oriented definitions
Studies and confusion • E-learning studies attempt to provide an inclusive or umbrella definition for e-learning. • Definitions cause confusion and create contradictions. One inclusive definition. Umbrella concept Confusion Contradictions
Technology-driven definitions • E-learning is … • The use of electronic media for learning purposes. • To add-on functions in conventional classrooms. • To fully substitute face-to-face meetings. • To provide a course online using a modem, wireless or cable connection to access academic material. • Distance education through remote resources. • The use of technology to deliver learning programs. Electronic media Online course
Delivery-system-oriented definitions • E-learning is … • The delivery of educational content through electronic media. • On-line education defined as self-paces or real-time delivery of training over the Internet to end-user devices. • The delivery of learning program by electronic means. • Education delivered by Web techniques.
Communication-oriented definitions • E-learning is … • Education that use computerized communication systems for communication, exchange of information and interaction between students and instructors. • Learning based on information and communication technologies with pedagogical interaction between student and content, student and the instructor and among students on the Web. • Learning facilitated by the use of digital tools and content that involves some form of interactivity, that may include online interaction between the learner and teacher or peers.
Educational paradigm-oriented definitions • E-learning … • Is the use of new multimedia technologies and the Internet to improve the quality of learning by facilitating access to resources and services as well as collaboration. • Is a combination of processes, content and infrastructure to use computers and networks to improve learning including management and delivery. • Is information and communication technologies used to support students to improve their learning. • Refers to educational processes that utilize information and communication technologies to mediate synchronous as well as asynchronous learning and teaching activities.