E-learning refers to the use of electronic media and information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. E-Learning is the use of technology to enable people to learn anytime and anywhere. Nowadays, people are often motivated to educate themselves on new topics, but do not necessarily have time to take a full course. Actually, they often refer to the Web to search and gather enough information about a topic to be able to complete a task or carry on a discussion. Hence comes the word ‘e-learning’. While teaching can be based in or out of the classrooms, the use of computers and the Internet forms the major component of E-learning. E-learning can also be termed as a network enabled transfer of skills and knowledge, and the delivery of education is made to a large number of recipients at the same or different times. Earlier, it was not accepted wholeheartedly as it was assumed that this system lacked the human element required in learning. E-learning has proved to be the best means in the corporate sector, especially when training programs are conducted by MNCs for professionals across the globe and employees are able to acquire important skills while sitting in a board room, or by having seminars, which are conducted for employees of the same or the different organizations under one roof.
The schools which use E-learning technologies are a step ahead of those which still have the traditional approach towards learning. No doubt, it is equally important to take forward the concept of non-electronic teaching with the help of books and lectures, but the importance and effectiveness of technology-based learning cannot be taken lightly or ignored completely. It is believed that the human brain can easily remember and relate to what is seen and heard via moving pictures or videos. Various sectors, including agriculture, medicine, education, services, business, and government setups are adapting to the concept of E-learning. However, with the rapid progress in technology and the advancement in learning systems, it is now embraced by the masses.
The introduction of computers was the basis of this revolution and with the passage of time, as we get hooked to smartphones, tablets, etc. these devices now have an important place in the classrooms for learning. Books are gradually getting replaced by electronic educational materials like optical discs or pen drives. Knowledge can also be shared via the Internet, which is accessible 24/7, anywhere, anytime.
At last I would like to end my article by saying E-LEARNING IS A BIG UMBRELLA THAT COVERS LOTS OF OPPORTUNITY.