What is e-learning ?

Oct 18, 2022

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Whether in the professional or personal world, anyone who wants to develop their skills and knowledge can use e-learning for training.

The definition of e-learning.

E-learning: definition

The term e-learning (for electronic learning) refers to online learning or online training. For several years now, the term "e-learning" has become common, thanks to the arrival and democratization of digital learning technologies.

E-learning modules are now widely used to train employees, students and customers on various subjects. E-learning modules are created by combining multiple media and teaching aids: videos, sounds, images, PDF, presentations, texts, interactive animations, etc. to create training sequences on a digital interface. Quizzes and assessments are also used in e-learning courses to enrich learning. E-learning training can go as far as obtaining a diploma or a certification.

It is generally necessary to use an authoring tool and a LMS platform such as ExperQuiz to design and deliver e-learning modules to learners and trainees.

The advantages of e-learning

E-learnings make training courses simpler to both conceive and deliver. Using e-learning has  several advantages: 

  • Suitable for teaching the majority of subjects,

  • Great accessibility since training is provided remotely. Learning can be done at home, at the office or elsewhere,

  • Takes into account the learning pace of each learner who can have the opportunity to review modules as many times as necessary and follow them independently,

  • Content reuse : e-learning modules can be used during several training sessions and in several training courses,

  • Limited cost compared to traditional face-to-face training (no room to be provided, no trainer on site, etc.) and a simplified organization thanks to digital tools and automated processes (sign-in, invitations, notifications, analysis of results, etc.),

  • The possibility of mixing e-learning modules and tests to enrich knowledge acquisition.

E-learning modules can also be integrated into a classic training including à trainer giving a face to face course to a small group or to an individual. The combination of face-to-face and online training is known as Blended Learning.

Finally and to sum up, e-learning makes it possible to train a large number of people in a short amount of time and of course at a limited cost.

The limits of e-learning

Although it has many advantages, the e-learning format also has some disadvantages to take into account:

  • The need to have a tool rich enough to design and distribute e-learning modules (a LMS platform for example),

  • Learners/trainees must be properly equipped: they must have a computer (or a mobile phone / tablet) and be comfortable with the use of digital technologies. It is essential to check that the e-learning format is adapted to the target audience,

  • The lack of interactivity and human contact: the absence of a trainer does not allow learners to ask questions or to be helped. The use of a chat makes it possible to partially overcome this drawback, but this requires that a trainer be available.

  • The trainer/organizer must be able to have precise monitoring of the progress of each learner in the training course.

Of course, for an e-learning module to remain relevant, it is essential to update the content and materials regularly.

E-learning modules with the LMS ExperQuiz

The LMS/LAS ExperQuiz is a complete authoring tool that allows you to design and distribute e-learning modules by integrating a wide variety of media and teaching aids. ExperQuiz is a Saas solution.

The intuitive interface is fully responsive and allows you to train learners and trainees on any subject. Learners have a personalized and dedicated space that will allow them to access e-learning modules and various educational resources.

ExperQuiz also offers the possibility of designing real questionnaires and assessments that can be integrated into e-learning modules or training courses, whether fully digital or in blended learning.