E-Learning Essay

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Fundamentals of E-Learning Albert Garcia AET 541/E-Learning September 3, 2012 Dr. Linda Justus Fundamentals of E-Learning Jack Messman former CEO of Novell stated “Online learning will rapidly become one of the most cost-effective ways to educate the world's expanding workforce.” According to the latest studies, more than 6.1 million students attended at least one online class during the 2010 fall term, an increase of 10% from the previous year, while enrollment in a traditional education setting increased only 0.6% during the same time frame (Lytle, 2011). The subject of this paper is to discuss the fundamentals of e-learning to include the characteristics, purposes, benefits, challenges, and instructional methods that can be applied within the e-learning environment to help students learn more effectively. E-learning is defined as the use of internet technologies to deliver a broad array of solutions that enhance knowledge and performance (Rosenberg, 2001). Other names used as synonyms to e-learning include Web-based training (WBT), Internet-based training (IBT), Computer-based training (CBT), Technology-based training (TBT), and on-line learning. Regardless of the type of implementation, two characteristics make up e-learning: teaching and technology. The main goal of e-learning is to provide new or improve existing knowledge, skills or professional competencies. This goal is achieved through the use of technology. With advancements in computers, software, and connection speed to the Internet, students have an alternative method for accessing higher education. By using asynchronous learning, students are able to attend classes and obtain knowledge using online resources without the constraints of time and place. This method of learning is based on the constructivist theory, a student-centered approach that emphasizes the importance of

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