Confused about e-learning?

E-learning comprises all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching. The Information and communication systems, whether networked or not, serve as specific media to implement the learning process. E-learning is essentially the computer and network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge. E-learning applications and processes include Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms and digital collaboration. Content is delivered via the Internet, Intranet/Extranet, audio or video tape, satellite TV, and CD-ROM. The courses can be Self-paced, Instructor-led, Webinars, Videos, Podcasts etc. and can include media in the form of text, image, animation, streaming video and audio. First, lets look at a classification of various forms of learning delivery.

Self Paced courses are courses that the learners complete at their own pace within an allotted time but without the assistance of a live instructor. Learners can take these courses at any convenient time and often over an extended period of time.

Instructor-led Training (ILT) refers to traditional in-person classes. There is a live instructor and all the attendees are physically present in the same classroom.

Video courses are those that are available in video form (wmv, Flash formats are most common) and this is a type of self-paced course.

Podcasts similarly are courses that involve only audio without the video. These can be considered as a form of self-paced course.

Webinars (also known as virtual classes) are courses that are delivered live over the internet with an instructor. All the participants are remotely located and participate in this virtual class from their computers. The participants communicate over regular telephone lines or using headsets and microphones connected to their computers (voice-over IP). The webinar can include polling, question and answer sessions and various other features that facilitate interaction between the attendees and the presenter.

In short an elearning system help learners sign up and register for any of the above mentioned types of courses. It provides Administrators the ability to Manage users of the system, Manage Courses and Generate reports. You can use an elearning system as long as you deliver one or more of the above mentioned formats of courses.

Vitalect E-learning System Overview

Users can login to our elearning system using their user name and password, select from an entire list of available courses and register for any courses they like. The user sees a menu of links on the left hand side such as My Courses, Register, Transcript, Account Settings, and Certificate. The course area on the right provides details of each course including course name, category, price etc.

Users can register for courses from the Register page. The list of available courses are listed under tabs Self-Paced, ILT, Webinar, Video, Podcast etc. The user can click on these tabs to view the list of available courses.The Administrator can group courses in such a manner that different groups have access to specific targeted courses. The system supports both paid and free courses. A learner can purchase a paid course by paying for it with a credit card. Confirmation emails are automatically generated. The Vitalect learning solution also provides a coupon management facility using which the course provider can issue and manage coupons. Each learner's registered courses are listed on the My Courses page. Instructor-led training and Webinar sessions require the registrant to attend the training live on a particular date and time. When a learner completes a course, completion certificates are automatically generated and available to the user under Certificate tab. The learner can download the certificate at anytime, on-demand. To assist the learner, the system provides online support, FAQ and Help documentation.

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