What is… “e-learning”?
E-learning refers to the application of information and communication technologies to education. This is a broad term referring to the use of any digital media technology — including tablets, smartphones, electronics, computers, games, applications, and more — within education. Encompassing the burgeoning field of educational technology, “e-learning” is often associated with “virtual learning,” “multimedia education,” “digital learning,” “computer-based instruction,” and “mastery-based learning.” Though it is well-suited for distance, self-paced, and flexible learning arrangements, “e-learning” can be used both in and out of the classroom and does not necessarily refer to distance or remote learning.
For more on e-learning, check out our infographic, The State of Digital Education.
What does “e-learning” mean to you? Where have you heard it used before? How do you think it will evolve?
Here at Knewton, we love geeking out over ed tech – the people, the technology, and its potential to change the world. As part of our participation in the community, we’re putting together an “Ed Tech 101” glossary to explore the language itself – the buzzwords, the jargon, the neologisms, and everything in between. Have an ed tech word or phrase you’d like us to feature? Leave a comment!