Section 1.1: Working Definition of E-Learning or Online Learning

For centuries, educators have provided distance education to learners (McVay & Rocker, 2007). The advent of the Internet transformed distance education into e-Learning, online learning, or any distance education delivered through a web-based system. William Horton provides a succinct working definition of e-learning: “E-learning is the use of information and computer technologies to create learning experiences” (Horton, 2006, p.1).

McVay and Roecker (2007) elaborate on this definition with the following addition, “E-learning is facilitated and supported through the use of information and communication technology, e-learning can cover a spectrum of activities from supported learning, to blended learning (the combination of traditional and e-learning practices), to learning that is entirely online” (p. 6). Learning is the critical element and objective regardless of the technology used.


Section One

  1. Working Definition of E-Learning
  2. Effective Online Pedagogy
  3. Theories of Learning and the Online Environment
  4. Preparing to Teach Online
  5. Online Learner Characteristics
  6. Online Teaching Competencies
  7. Online Teaching Strategies and the Role of the Online Teacher
  8. Workload and Time Considerations