E-learning is the supply of electronic learning. This is accessed via
computers and mobile devices. At the present time e-learning is
accessed via desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
Usage of e-learning can either be tracked or not tracked. A Learning
Management System is used to track usage of e-learning.
Internet/Intranet - This is the most common delivery of e-learning.
E-learning of this sort is delivered via a browser. Common solutions
are html/html 5 based e-learning and Adobe Flash based e-learning.
Apps - These are installed onto tablet and mobile phones. These can be
downloaded and installed from say The App Store or Google Play.
CD/DVD - The e-learning can be either run off the CD/DVD or installed
onto the user's computer.
Lower cost - It is more cost effective to deliver than classroom training.
Classroom training incurs the following costs that are absent in e-learning.
These are the cost of the classroom itself, trainers' fee to deliver the
training and mark assessments and the time out of the day to assemble both
trainer and trainees in the same classroom. What happens though if a student
is absent? Expense is incurred by the employer having to repeat the training.
Or often the absentee just misses out and never does the training.
Another common scenario could see more senior members of staff having to
travel to a central location to receive training. A great deal of expense
can be incurred bringing all the candidates together, in many cases the
employer having to find travel costs and even accommodation for all attendees.
Faster delivery - Typically a trainee can just login to the e-learning at their
computer without having to move an inch. This is in contrast to the time it
takes in organising the attendance of a class and people having to physically
Trainees can also do the e-learning at a time to suit, making the e-learning
flexible around their work commitments. This is unlike classroom based training
where people must attend at a set time with illness or forced absenteeism
causing a large problem.
The delivery cycle times are considerably faster with e-learning. There is a
practical limitation to how quickly the delivery cycles can be fulfilled in
classroom based learning. The limitations are the number of classrooms and
Automatic assessments - Testing the student is an automatic process in
e-learning whereby a student will take an assessment, it is automatically
marked and the results stored in a learning management system, all with no
human intervention. This eliminates the human costs from traditional classroom
More effective learning - The combination of multimedia and instructional
design produces a rich, repeatable learning experience. With practice activities
including feedback this causes students to retain course content and
understanding and helps improve performance. There are many studies showing
e-learning solutions to be more effective at successfully delivering training
than classroom based learning.
There are three different types of people required for creating e-learning courses.
Instructional designer - the person who writes the training.
Programmer - these days there are authoring tools which mean that non-programmers
can create e-learning without the need of knowing how to program code. Examples of
authoring systems are Articulate Storyline and Lectora.
Graphic artist - somebody with graphical skills will be required. Skills can range
from a beginner knowing the basics in Photoshop to a professional graphic artist.
Usually a course is run off a learning management system. Learning Management
Systems will usually run e-learning courses that have been developed to the SCORM
standard. What is SCORM? SCORM is a set of technical standards for e-learning. SCORM
governs how learning content and learning management systems communicate with each
other. The key benefit is that a scorm course should work seamlessly on any LMS.
The latest addition to SCORM is Tin Can. Tin Can allows offline use of courses that
report back to the LMS once an internet connection is resumed.
RJA Learning can create your e-learning for you from start to finish.