What is e-learning?

E-learning is a form of distance learning where all course material is presented to students on a computer or electronic device.

The most common example of an e-learning program is an online course. Online courses are taught through video, audio, and text that’s accessed through the internet.


In addition to online courses, many universities offer hybrid courses that combine traditional classroom experiences with online course work. For instance, a university might offer two required online courses along with two in-person lectures each semester. Students in this type of course will watch recorded lectures before class, attend the lecture live, and then participate in group discussions afterwards.


The interest in these programs has been growing over time because they provide flexibility to individuals who may not be able to take time off from their jobs or commute long distances each day in order to attend school. One study found that there was significant growth in distance learning enrollments between 2010 and 2012. Additionally, there was a spike in enrollments between 2011 and 2013 after the recession when people lost their jobs, were out of work or went back to school as part of job retraining. Finally, another report found that overall enrollment rates declined by 2% between 2005 and 2010 but only by 1% among those taking at least one distance education course during the same period. What do you think? Do you know anyone who has taken a distance learning course? What types of classes would you like to see offered online? Have you ever participated in an online discussion forum?


Online discussion forums can be a great way to have conversations with other learners about what they’re struggling with. I’ve even been known to use them myself!