Many people have a general idea about what elearning entails as it is used across a wide-range of industries. The education market is using elearning on a regular basis, and corporations often use it for employee training.
That said, the elearning industry is in constant motion. New tools and mobile learning technologies are opening up the possibilities for both course development and delivery. With all of the new entrants, strategies, tips, and tools – it can all become a bit confusing.
That said, no matter what program you use to create, deliver, and manage your learning, the end-goal is the same: to deliver education and training electronically.
The infographic below, created by MindFlash, gives us a little reminder about some of the core components of elearning, including two of the more popular delivery formats.
I find some of the items listed in the infographic to be a bit archaic, such as the mention of CD-ROM, but I do suppose they are still in use. Also, compared to five years ago, there seems to be a greater emphasis on collaboration techniques via discussion boards and the like. This is probably more applicable to an educational setting rather than a corporation, especially as it could potentially have a negative impact on employee productivity.
Personally, I believe the most defining component of elearning is the way it allows learners to view the content on their own schedule. With all the competing time demands, I think that elearning’s greatest asset is the ability to fit into any schedule.
What would you consider to be the key components to an elearning program?