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The Ins And Outs Of E-learning

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Summary:
The field of teaching has become revolutionized with the concept of E-
learning. What is E-learning? E-learning, (which is also known as
electronic learning), is when computers are used to assist in the
learning process. The concept can be expressed in a variety of ways
including through use of separate software, utilization of the Internet
or even simulated ‘virtual’ environments. This article will discuss each
of these aspects of E-learning.

Before the Internet became pop...


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e-learning


Article Body:
The field of teaching has become revolutionized with the concept of E-
learning. What is E-learning? E-learning, (which is also known as
electronic learning), is when computers are used to assist in the
learning process. The concept can be expressed in a variety of ways
including through use of separate software, utilization of the Internet
or even simulated ‘virtual’ environments. This article will discuss each
of these aspects of E-learning.

Before the Internet became popular, E-learning was done through special
software programs known as ‘edutainment.’ As its namesake would indicate,
E-learning through edutainment involved teaching people things while also
entertaining them. Popular edutainment titles included Mavis Beacon
Teaches Typing and The Miracle Piano System. In its heyday there were
edutainment programs that allowed for E-learning through both computers
and video game consoles. Today, E-learning through edutainment has died
down, though it has been revived a little bit through Leapster. This is a
video game system that features edutainment for children in elementary
school.

So, if E-learning through edutainment has lost popularity over the years,
what is the current venue used for this method of education? The answer
is the Internet. With the availability of the Internet, E-learning goes
in a direction that edutainment could not. This direction involves
interactivity with a professor. In a typical Internet E-learning setup,
professors communicate with their students through message boards, chat
rooms and e-mail. In fact, Internet E-learning is so effective it is
possible to earn a high school diploma or a college degree right from the
comfort of your own home. Of course, this is only if you want to take
Internet E-learning this far. Internet E-learning can also be used for
less intense forms of learning such as tutoring or research for academic
papers.
The other form commonly used for E-learning is through interaction with a
simulated virtual environment. This involves placing students in a
computerized scenario where they have to use both their wits and
knowledge of whatever subject they are learning to successfully achieve
the simulation. E-learning through simulated virtual environments is
commonly done for helicopter or airplane pilots, who may have to fly a
‘plane’ through virtual airspace sometime during the course of their
training. It is also used in the military. In terms of individual usage
on personal computers, there aren’t too many simulated virtual
environments available. And the ones that are would be more in the realm
of edutainment, as an ‘official’ simulated virtual environment must have
both realistic controls and a 3D environment. Granted, personal computers
can produce 3D graphics, but they cannot provide the types of controls
that are available with industrial-grade simulated virtual environments.

In conclusion, E-learning can be done through software, the Internet or
through simulated virtual environments. Whichever method you choose for
your E-learning needs, you will find that the E-learning process in
general is much more convenient than traditional classroom teaching.
Whether you are learning through edutainment software, chatting with a
professor in an online classroom or virtually flying an airplane, with E-
learning you can learn at your own pace at your own time. You can even
have a little bit of fun in the process. Indeed, no other concept has
revolutionized people’s academic experiences as E-learning.

				
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