Electronic Learning: Theory and Applications

Electronic Learning: Theory and Applications

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1851-8.ch016
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This chapter aims to explain the overview of electronic learning (e-learning); the emerging trends in e-learning; the important factors of e-learning; the relationships among e-learning quality, learning satisfaction, and learning motivation; the implementation of e-learning; the approaches and barriers to e-learning utilization; e-learning for medical and nursing education; and the significance of e-learning in modern education. When compared to the traditional mode of classroom learning, there is clear evidence that e-learning brings faster delivery, lower costs, more effective learning, and lower environmental impact in the modern learning environments. E-learning allows each individual to tackle the subject at their own pace, with interactive tasks being set in place to ensure a thorough understanding throughout each module. The chapter argues that utilizing e-learning has the potential to increase educational performance and reach strategic goals in modern education.
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In the knowledge society, electronic learning (e-learning) has built on the extensive use of information and communication technology (ICT) to deliver learning and instruction (Navimipour & Zareie, 2015). With the advent of information technology (IT), teaching and learning using e-learning systems have become common phenomena in recent years (Islam, 2016). The widespread utilization of ICT and resulting access to the Internet have enabled the convergence of e-learning to daily practices of educational institutions (Bates, 2005). E-learning is a part of educational process on many levels of education, from primary education to higher education, extending to postgraduate level (Decman, 2015). E-learning is the effective way to provide the continuing education and has been shown to be an effective method in modern education (Lahti, Kontio, & Välimäki, 2016).

Modern technologies significantly contribute to the flexible modes of teaching and learning (Bharuthram & Kies, 2013). E-learning is one of the most significant developments in both schools and companies (Violante & Vezzetti, 2015) and is a pattern of distance learning that is completely virtualized through the Internet (Lara, Lizcano, Martinez, Pazos, & Riera, 2014) toward delivering the learning contents to learners (Farid et al., 2015). E-learning is considered as a fundamental part of student's learning experience in higher education (Urh, Vukovic, Jereb, & Pintar, 2015). E-learning allows students to choose learning contents and tools appropriate to their learning interests, needs, and skill levels in modern learning environments (Kasemsap, 2016a).

This chapter aims to bridge the gap in the literature on the thorough literature consolidation of e-learning. The extensive literature of e-learning provides a contribution to practitioners and researchers by describing the advanced issues of e-learning in order to maximize the educational impact of e-learning in modern education.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Website: The page or collection of pages on the World Wide Web that contains the specific information.

Learning: The process of gaining knowledge and skill.

Technology: The science or knowledge put into the practical utilization to solve the problems or invent the useful tools.

Internet: The connected group of computer networks allowing for electronic communication.

Education: The process of imparting knowledge, skill, and judgment.

Knowledge Management: The range of practices used by organizations to identify, create, represent, and distribute knowledge.

Information Technology: The development, installation, and implementation of computer systems and applications.

E-Learning: The type of learning conducted via electronic media, especially via the Internet.

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