A definition of eLearning, please!

Websites focused on eLearning issues
Many good articles and magazines
New and interesting books
Companies with eLearning portals
Organizations you might want to know about
Market Research and Whitepapers worth downloading
Statistics on eLearning themes
Definition of eLearning
E-Learning. eLearning. “e”learning. However you write it, definitions abound.

The convergence of the Internet and learning, or Internet-enabled learning.
The use of network technologies to create, foster, deliver, and facilitate learning, anytime and anywhere.
The delivery of individualized, comprehensive, dynamic learning content in real time, aiding the development of communities of knowledge, linking learners and practitioners with experts.
A phenomenon delivering accountability, accessibility, and opportunity to allow people and organizations to keep up with the rapid changes that define the Internet world.
A force that gives people and organizations the competitive edge to allow them to keep ahead of the rapidly changing global economy.
With good design and delivery, eLearning 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.

eLearning 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 eLearning factor in. Then the technical side — the electronic delivery — can be adapted to the learner.

Maybe the “e” should actually follow the word “learning.” However you type it, eLearning will alter the marketplace.

Want more? E-Learner.com explains what is e-Learning, how does it work, and some of the terms you’ll find when you take eLearning courses.

Even more? What is E-Learning? (from HowStuffWorks) explains what it is and how it works.

Go to a long list of mega-websites on eLearning themes

Find all sorts of terrific information on eLearning at Jay Cross’ Internet Time website. If you’re interested in eLearning, you have to check out this site!

Elearners.com address many aspects of eLearning, distance education, and taking classes online.

Of course, Elliott Masie’s website links to many things on eLearning.

About has a good collection of information Distance Education.

The UK-based e-Learning Centre’s eCLIPSE offers elearning information for learning professionals in higher education, corporate training and continuing education.

Articles and Magazines
Go to a many more articles about eLearning themes

Go to a comprehensive list of Magazines about eLearning themes

Go to a long list of eZines and newsletters about eLearning themes

Learning in the New Economy Magazine featured “The Whitespace Around eLearning” in its Fall 2000 issue.

e-learning Magazine offers a hardcopy and an online version.

ACM now publishes the online eLearn Magazine

ASTD’s Learning Circuits covers many eLearning themes.

Article on eLearning and Distance Ed from Business 2.0.

About’s articles on Distance Education.

E-Learning Strategies for Executive and Corporate Training: A Special Supplement to Fortune Magazine May 15, 2000.

Traditional Training Fades In Favor Of E-Learning: Internet economy demands more flexible training approach. By John Berry. Internet Week. February 2000. “Training is dead–long live e-learning. This might be more than a shift in semantics for some companies that are discovering that training–loosely defined as any enhancement to an employee’s skills delivered in a classroom by an instructor–is by and large an antiquated way of looking at how employees acquire knowledge and build skills.”

Students Crowd E-classrooms Find out what the future holds for e-Learning in this article by Howard Wolinsky in Chicago Sun Times, May 1, 2000.

Classrooms that click: How online learning leads to new ideas and new businesses. Sun Microsystems. Ask a Stanford University graduate student and a 10-year-old in Rajasthan, India how the Internet has enriched their lives and you will likely get two different answers.

InPharm: Using eMeeting and eLearning Services in Drug Development…
This article describes the features and functionality of eCollaboration tools within the drug development value chain. The article also examines the key components required to implement solutions that provide short and long-term value for those deploying these services. [new]

Go to a many more books on eLearning themes

E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age. Marc J. Rosenberg. October 2000.

Managing Web-Based Training. 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 about Brandon.

Web-Based Training: Using Technology to Design Adult Learning Experiences. Margaret Driscoll, Larry Alexander. Hardcover with CD-ROM. Jossey-Bass, 1998.

Building a Web-Based Education System. Colin McCormack, David Jones (Contributor). Paperback with CD-ROM John Wiley & Sons, 1997

How to Design Self-Directed and Distance Learning: A Guide for Creators of Web-Based Training, Computer-based Training and Self-Study Materials. Nigel Harrison

Web-Teaching: A Guide to Designing Interactive Teaching for the World Wide Web. David W. Brooks

Distance 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.

“Beyond Distance Education: Distributed Learning Systems” Ellen D. Wagner in Handbook of Human Performance Technology, 2nd ed., H.D. Stolovitch & E. J. Keeps (editors). 1999.

Go to a long list of eLearning portal vendors

Internal resources? Not many companies show their internal eLearning portals to the public. If your company is interesting showing off what you’ve created, please let us know!

Go to a complete list of education-related organizations

eLearning Forum. 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 treat.

Globewide Network Academy

Distance Learning Resource Network

US Distance Learning Association. Designed to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training

Market Research and Whitepapers
Go to a complete list of market research on eLearning

Hoover’s Online: Education & Training Services Company capsules of leading worldwide education and training service providers

Learning Without Limits, Volume III: Emerging Strategies for Effective e-Learning Solutions. Ellen Wagner, et. al. Informania, 2000. [updated 4/10/2002]

Go to a complete list of statistics on eLearning and more

International Data Corporation (IDC): IDC Predicts Corporate eLearning Market Will Reach $7.1 Billion by 2002 “The corporate training market is experiencing explosive growth, and in particular the corporate elearning market has grown rapidly over its short life span.” October 18, 1999.

Go to a long list of presentations on eLearning and more

Mark Cavender’s presentation, Crossing the Chasm with e-Learning and e-Learning Category Life-Cycle Placement from the April 2000 Silicon Valley eLearning Network.


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