Though eLearning became popular in recent years, it has been in use for several decades. The advent of information and communication technology, and its application in education gave rise to eLearning. If we define eLearning in a broad sense, it is learning that happens through or with the use of electronic media. In such a case, knowledge/information transferred through radio and television can also be termed as eLearning.
In our day-to-day life, we get to learn about many things through eLearning. But, we're often not aware that the medium and the way we learn is a form of eLearning. Many of us think that eLearning is just a fancy type of technology and it is intended to replace traditional face-to-face teaching or instructor-led teaching. Because of this misconception, many organizations and institutions still hesitate to adopt eLearning and reap its benefits.
eLearning is not just about creating multimedia-rich graphics and animation and delivering them through some complex and sophisticated software platform. It is an approach of learning that blends the right instructional design principles and technology to make learning more engaging, interesting and effective. Its application in the areas of education has transformed the way we teach, learn and share knowledge today. It has enhanced the learning and training process and greatly increased the effectiveness of acquiring and managing knowledge.
Let us adopt eLearning and achieve competitive advantage.