good design and delivery, e-learning does all these things. But, at its
heart, it is, simply, learning. Too bad most interpretations focus on the
technology (the "e") and not on the learning.
e-Learning has to keep the people it's designed for in mind. How do we
learn? How do we acquire and retain skills and information to help us
develop? Only when we address individual learning styles can the "e" in
e-learning factor in. Then the technical side—the electronic delivery—can be
adapted to the learner.
the "e" should actually follow the word "learning."
more? E-Learners.com explains
how does it work, and some of the terms you'll find when you take
(from HowStuffWorks.com) explains what it is and how it works.
"The effectiveness of an elearners experience is greatly
enhanced through student-centered (usability)
design. For example, students remember more information from a text book
that is well organized, with extensive visuals, reflection/interaction
points, clear headings, etc. The same concepts exist for online courses—learners
learn better through use of clear headings, limited distracters, visuals,
screen-friendly fonts, appropriate white space, web safe colors, etc.
Basically, usability is the process of testing (through observation) how
students behave with a course—what
works, what doesn't, what confuses."
sorts of terrific information on
at Jay Cross'
website. If you're interested in e-learning, you should check out this site!
address many aspects of e-learning, distance education, and taking classes
website links to many aspects of e-learning.
About.com has a good collection of information on
UK-based e-Learning Centre's
offers e-learning information for learning professionals in higher
education, corporate training, and continuing education.
is intended for users, managers, developers, and facilitators
of elearning. They have a mailing list and some very useful models.
Go to a
complete list of
education-related organizations on the learnativity.com site
If you live (or frequently visit) Northern California, check out this group.
This is a wonderful organization no matter where you live, but if you live
in the Silicon Valley and can attend their meetings, you are in for a real
Globewide Network Academy
Learning Resource Network
Distance Learning Association.
Designed to promote the development and application of distance learning for
education and training
Articles and Magazines
in the New Economy Magazine
Whitespace Around eLearning
in its Fall 2000 issue.
offers a hardcopy and an online version.
publishes the online
covers many e-learning themes.
on e-learning and Distance Ed from
E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age.
Marc J. Rosenberg. October 2000.
Alan L. Ellis, Ellen D. Wagner, Warren R. Longmire. ASTD, 1999.
Web-Based Training Cookbook.
Brandon Hall. Paperback with CD-ROM. John Wiley & Sons, 1997. Learn more
Web-Based Training: Using Technology to Design Adult Learning Experiences.
Margaret Driscoll, Larry Alexander. Hardcover with CD-ROM. Jossey-Bass,
a Web-Based Education System.
Colin McCormack, David Jones (Contributor). Paperback with CD-ROM John Wiley
& Sons, 1997
Design Self-Directed and Distance Learning: A Guide for Creators of
Web-Based Training, Computer-based Training and Self-Study Materials.
Web-Teaching: A Guide to Designing Interactive Teaching for the World Wide
David W. Brooks
Education Symposium: Course Design (Acsde Research Monograph Series, Vol 14).
Ellen D. Wagner, Margaret A. Koble (editors). American Center for the Study
of Distance Education, 1997.
Distance Education: Distributed Learning Systems" Ellen D. Wagner in
of Human Performance Technology,
2nd ed., H.D. Stolovitch & E. J. Keeps (editors). 1999.