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The Fusion and Confusion on E -learning and On line Learning :

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The Fusion and Confusion on E -learning and On line Learning :

LEARNING: E-Learning implies a different manner of learning and is not to be confused with online learning.

Times are changing rapidly.

During Ancient times , Students lived with Guru as a Family member and learned the Life skills .

Now Education was made available to all through Institutions.
To morrow and Why To day itself , it is going to be totally different with Internet and E learning.

Teacher Student Relationship:
The relations between the teacher and the students once considered as sacred and unique perhaps degenerated for various reasons.

Delivery System of Teaching and Learning:

The advent of technology combined with the educational needs of the people brought about significant changes in the delivery systems of teaching and learning.

Let us now look at e-learning or electronic learning, which may sometimes be employed in distance education as well.


You may not get a uniform answer if you ask different experts to define e-learning.

Although concepts and approaches differ, there is a common philosophy among those who practise different styles of e-learning.

It may be remembered that e-learning is not static; even the terms involved change at a fast pace. Some of the terms and concepts relating to e-learning are:

Computer based training (CBT)
Asynchronous Learning
Computer-Assisted Instruction Blended learning
Distance Education , Distance learning
Computer-mediated communication
Cyber learning , Blended learning
Distance Education , Distance learning
Distributed learning , Internet Education
Multi-modal Instruction , Online Education
Online learning (OL) , Open distance learning (ODL)
Technology based learning ,Virtual Education
Web based training (WBT)

The implications of some of the important terms are indicated below. In distance education, the teacher and the student are separated by geographical distance. Various gifts of technology are used to bridge the gap.

Online education allows the study of higher education courses through the electronic medium of the Internet, using personal computers or other devices of communication.

Access to study materials, reference papers, journal articles, and contact with tutors / fellow students are through the use of personal computers and telecommunication devices.

There will be great flexibility in the matter of duration of study as well as the location of the student.

In other words, learning is asynchronous; it can be anywhere anytime.

Computer-Based Training involves interaction with a computer, using courseware. Computer-Mediated Communication may encompass the use of chat rooms and video conferencing as well.

In Computer-Assisted Instruction, the computer may give you drills as in the preparation of entrance tests in a competitive environment.

Virtual Education invariably uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) to deliver educational programs.

In asynchronous learning the students may combine self-study through the Internet with other modes such as chat or laboratory practice to suit personal preferences. Blended learning merges net-based learning with face-to-face instruction.

We may however accept the simple definition of e-learning as "the delivery of formal and informal learning and training activities, processes, and events through the use of electronic media like Internet, intranet, extranet, LAN / WAN, CD-ROM, audio / video tape, satellite broadcast, DVD, interactive or other TV, cell phones, personal organisers, etc." There may be local tutor support.

The foregoing description emphasises that anyone attempting e-learning should necessarily develop skills in handling digital material. Computer proficiency and efficiency in Internet browsing are the prime requirements.

Mis conception:

Often people imagine that whatever is available on the net can be easily found through search engines.

This is a misconception. The plight of a student who looks for specific information on a particular topic may be similar to that of a stranger pushed into a dense forest and asked to locate a particular tree.

Wandering endlessly:

Once he is in the wrong path, he may wander endlessly without ever reaching his target. Let us illustrate the difficulty involved. A popular search engine offers 112 million sites for oxygen and 4460 million sites for management.

Browsing skills:
The art of narrowing down the number of sites to suit our specific need calls for considerable knowledge and skill in browsing.

E-learning permits among other things access to the richest sources of information and meaningful interaction on the content of the lessons among people at different centres.

The convergence of the Internet and learning enables easy accessibility, and opportunity to people and organisations to keep up with the rapid changes in the world, and gain from the latest trends in technology.

Online learning normally uses only Internet / intranet / LAN / WAN learning; it excludes the use of CD-ROM.

E-Learning is a broader term compared to online learning.


Published: 2006-04-26
Author: Chockalingam Eswaramurthi

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