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Definition: e-learning


(Electronic-LEARNING) Education and training via computer. E-learning is administered over the public Internet, private teaching networks as well as in-house via the local network. See e-learning terminology.

In the 21st century, e-learning has become as widespread as the classroom. Both free, as well as paid, college and university curricula are available in nearly every subject. During the COVID-19 pandemic, high schools and colleges quickly moved to e-learning. It was fortunate that videoconferencing and video-based teaching services were already in place and that many students had the required hardware in their possession. Unfortunately, not every student has a computer and Internet access, which has caused problems (see technology gap).

Home Schooling and COVID-19
Although schools scrambled to use Zoom and other video platforms, teaching has not been consistent from one school district to another. It is difficult enough to create engaging online courseware, and there was no time to transcribe a daily curriculum to e-learning. For the most part, students were required to sit in front of their computers and look at the teacher all day, and many kids have been extremely unhappy every since.

Children already being home schooled did not have this problem, because home schooling courses are set up to be taken as time permits. Needless to say, home schooling administrators were inundated with requests by parents during 2020 to switch to tried-and-true educational curricula. See MOOC and CBT.