What is E-Learning?

| March 22, 2012

I am currently taking a course entitled “The Psychology of E-learning: Business/Industry”. Excellent course if you’re going into education, training and development, organizational development, IT, program design, etc. We are reading a few books I find very useful with regard to useability, design, intrinsic motivation, and conceptualization. First, some basics — what is e-learning? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like: online learning! This can take the form of anything from an online forum to training simulations.

It is generally more flexible (learning “on-the-go”) and inexpensive than traditional formal training. It also allows for collaboration between individuals who would normally be unable to physically meet up, and it can often be customized to the needs of each individual (time and/or content). E-learning simulations in particular help employees get a feel for experiences before they deal with customers, clients, or partners. This can be useful because a simulation can help one prepare for future customer service issues and prioritization of tasks based on company policy and procedure. If you want to learn more about E-learning, there are a few resources listed below. Also, there are free E-learning courses available online here if you are a staff or faculty member of any of the Columbia University or affiliate institutions. Happy reading!

Books:

Next Learning, Unwrapped! (2011) by Nick van Dam — is a great resource. The book was just added to the collection. It contains a great deal of great E-learning products, primarily used by businesses and schools. You may grab it from the second floor, Over-sized area. The call number is HF5549.5.T7 D36 2011.

Digital dissertations:

If you search ‘elearning’ on Digital Dissertations link on the TC Library Homepage, you will find a long list of e-learning dissertations written by doctoral students. Some are available through PocketKnowledge — you need an account. As a TC or CU student, you must simply sign up to use for digital dissertation access. Details on how to open a PocketKnowledge are here.

Journal:

Title: e.learning age (from 2000 to present)

Location: Here or search in ‘Journals’ link on TC Library homepage

E-books:

There are a ton of readily available online books in the E-brary. Simply type in “elearning” and your search will yield a  plethora of books!