Is the future actually now? Asking many of the world’s tech-junkies, they all insist that the answer is an emphatic “yes”. With the sheer speed of global technological advancement, it only makes sense that people are not only taught to deal with computers, but also taught by them. No, it’s not like learning to play Oregon Trail on floppy disk, nor is it akin to some exaggerated version of a survey. Electronic learning, or E-Learning, is real knowledge taught to students, but instead of a live, human teacher, the medium of instruction is sophisticated computer technology.
The technical types aren’t the only demographic aboard this fast-moving train. Many people seeking to better themselves, to become knowledgeable of this “new” world, are seeking the help of E-Learning. With hybrid cars that receive 100 miles per gallon, satellites that can see billions of years into the universe’s past, and kitchen appliances that know what you want before you do, it’s only fitting that the next logical step in evolution is to implement an infallible source of teaching.
The concept of E-Learning has been around for decades, and by 2006, over 3-million students were participating in E-Learning in the United States alone. However, E-Learning isn’t restricted to “students” in the typical sense. Everyone is a student, regardless of age, and if you feel your education needs to be furthered or simply completed, E-Learning is widely available to use at your desire.
E-Learning is commonly synonymous with flexible learning and distance learning. A broad interpretation is used when describing this teaching technique, with the “e” having meanings such as energetic, extended, enthusiastic, and educational in addition to its original “electronic” identifier. What E-Learning was and what it is now are wholly different; moreover, what it will become in the future is uncertain. But, with other technologies setting the benchmark, E-Learning is expected to follow suit and become even more sophisticated and user-friendly.
For the person using E-Learning to further their education, unnecessary and tedious travel, as well as costly courses and institutions – some of which require acceptance via an unfriendly application process – become obsolete. To be accepted for a course, all one must do is pay a nominal fee. E-Learning doesn’t judge your past, it doesn’t require your full attention daily, nor do you have to leverage your teacher with an apple or the proverbial brownnosing. As a student, you’re working on your own schedule. You complete studies in the comfort of your own home. Your computer is your classroom, and your teacher is incapable of showing bias or failing to supply you with ample information.
The goals of E-Learning, now and in the future, are to broaden the horizons of students and guide them through information in specific tasks. The courses provide base content, and lessons build as your learn. There are no deadlines, no pop-quizzes; the student is free to learn at his or her own pace. The only expectation is that a student becomes more proficient in the selected field.