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Welcome to the e-learning lesson on Effective E-learning. In recent years, e-learning has become an increasingly popular format for delivering instruction. Primary school systems, colleges and universities, the public and private sectors, and non-profits have all come to rely on electronic learning as a valuable instructional tool.However, many organizations still struggle to determine if e-learning is the appropriate platform to deliver training and instruction to their members. Many are unsure about costs, technologies, and the potential of e-learning to achieve learning outcomes. At the end of this lesson you will be able to: Identify the types of e-learning and the advantages and disadvantages of each, recall strategies for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating e-learning, and make informed judgments about the appropriateness of e-learning based on your organization’s needs.

E-learning is an increasingly popular mode of instruction.

More than a million K–12 students take online courses each year, and more than 25 percent of students attending U.S. postsecondary institutions were enrolled in at least one online course in 2008. Today, technology-based methods account for 30 percent of all corporate training, a significant increase from 11.5 percent in 2001. 

E-learning’s booming popularity is most commonly attributed to the following benefits:

  • Increased capacity to instruct more students while maintaining learning outcome quality equal to comparable forms of face-to-face instruction
  • Increased cost-effectiveness of assembling and disseminating instructional content
  • Enhanced quality and consistency of learning experiences and outcomes

Organizations should carefully consider how e-learning can meet their instructional needs.

At the end of this lesson you will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of e-learning, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Recall strategies for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating e-learning
  • Make informed judgments about the appropriateness of e-learning based on your organization’s needs