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What is eLearning?

eLearning has many definitions. Learning Circuits defines eLearning as "a wide set of applications and processes, such as Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration. It includes the delivery of content via Internet, intranet/extranet (LAN/WAN), audio- and videotape, satellite broadcast, interactive TV, and CD-ROM."

That is a rather boring technical description. More important is the opportunity it gives employees and students. Using web technologies it can be made available almost anywhere, anytime. Learning can happen at the convenience and motivation of the learners. This provides the advantages of just-in-time training and the benefits of improved employee performance.

It is not a panacea for all learning and training. An effective learning strategy analyzes each requirement and recognizes that eLearning is not always the optimum solution and will not automatically be accepted by everyone. Some learning must take place in a face to face situation by its very nature. Often the smartest approach is blended learning which combines the advantages of all delivery mechanisms. The best eLearning implementations include blended learning and appropriate marketing strategies.