It seems as if everyone is using e-learning (online learning) these days. There are many options available, including self-paced courses, skills-based courses, virtual classrooms (and their cousins, live web seminars), web-enhanced courses, and asynchronous courses. There is a plethora of technological methods that can be utilized for course delivery. Which of these technologies and methods of use will maximize e-learning’s effectiveness? In other words, for the university, the instructor and students, which seems to work the best? In a nutshell - all of them. The beauty of e-learning is that there are so many options that can be tailored to specific needs. Distance education is not a new phenomenon in American Education. Correspondence courses have been in existence for over a hundred years. What is different is the use of technology to deliver college level courses to students who are separated from the instructor. It is a form of instruction that is learner-centered. E-learning is construed in a variety of contexts, such as distance learning, online learning, and networked learning (Wilson, 2001).
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