Online learning is often referred to as e-learning, e-tutoring, e-school or some other ‘e’ word referring to the teaching-learning process. When we began working with internet-based educational programming, over ten years ago, we considered ‘e’ to stand for electronic. However, the ‘e’ in such titles signifies much more when describing online learning. Consider the following:
- Exploration – Online learners use the Internet as a tool to access an abundance of information and resources.
- Experience – Online learning offers the student a total learning experience, from synchronous learning to threaded discussion to self-paced study.
- Engagement – Online learning captivates learners by providing for creative approaches to the teaching/learning process that foster collaboration and a sense of community.
- Ease of Use – The Internet provides content easily accessible for students, parents and educational providers across all technical platforms.
- Empowerment – Online learning puts the student in the driver’s seat with a set of tools that enables personalization of content and allows the learner to choose the way in which he learns the best.