Electronic learning (eLearning) comprises all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching, and references both in-classroom and out-of-classroom educational experiences via technology. Abbreviations like CBT (Computer-Based Training), IBT (Internet-Based Training) or WBT (Web-Based Training) have been used as synonyms to eLearning. Course content can be delivered over the Internet, corporate intranet/extranet, TV, CD/DVD, audio and video tape, and in interactive kiosks. It can be self-paced or instructor-led and can include media in the form of text, image, animation, audio, and streaming video.
The three primary components of any eLearning program are the educational content, the delivery of the content, and the monitoring and tracking of participant status, from enrollment to course completion. Content can vary considerably, and there is different software tailored to different types of content. Delivery methods are dependent upon the type of technology used, and the level of involvement of the teacher. Commercial software products can differ considerably in how they handle the development of eLearning courses.
Investments in eLearning have historically been justified through cost savings. Distance learning can save large companies millions of dollars each year through the more efficient and cost effective delivery of training programs. Companies save money on travel and on the reuse of digital training assets; employee productivity is also increased due to the elimination of travel time. eLearning provides equity of access to information, especially when employees may be dispersed around the world. Many companies make training materials available in a centralized, online repository so that they can be accessed quickly, and whenever necessary.
Iknow has deep expertise in all aspects of eLearning projects from initial requirements gathering, to development of content vision, to design of monitoring dashboards, to system deployment and customization. In an enterprise context, eLearning can be combined with document management and digital asset management to allow for materials used in eLearning to be shared throughout the company. We have experience in projects of all sizes, from small companies changing organizational culture, to large enterprises training individuals across the world.