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E-learning, as a concept, (although it’s been around for a long time), I’m sure is quite new to many of you out there. My experience with it goes way back to university when we used Blackboard for downloading course materials and reserving library books online. Now, nearing my 1st month of working in Synergy Learning, I have learnt that there is so much more to what these learning platforms can do.  So, a useful exercise I thought, would be to do a quick fire question round about the industry.

What is e-learning?

“The delivery of a learning, training or education program by electronic means. E-learning involves the use of a computer or electronic device (e.g. a mobile phone) in some way to provide training, educational or learning material.” (Derek Stockley 2003)

It can occur in real-time, communicating with others online, using the likes of Skype, virtual classrooms & chatrooms or be used at your own pace using, online learning materials, social media, blogging, video, email etc.

Who needs elearning?

Anyone can use e-learning.  It’s not just for use in the educational sector. Businesses, governmental agencies as well as not for profits are using e-learning to educate, inform and communicate.

How is e-learning created/ developed?

There are different platforms from which to develop your e-learning portal. We have 3 options that we provide; Moodle, Totara and Mahara.  We look at your specific requirements and objectives and provide a solution which is going to achieve the right results.

What types of technologies are used to deliver online learning?

There are many to choose from including; Webcasts, podcasts, videos, youtube, computers, tablets, mobile, blogs, webcams and interactive whiteboards.

What is the difference between Moodle, Totara and Mahara?

Straight from the horses mouth, Moodle.com defines Moodle as “a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.”

What is Totara?

Totara was built using the Moodle platform, but is designed specifically to meet the needs of the corporate sector.

What is Mahara?

Mahara was created in New Zealand and means “to think” in the Måori dictionary. Mahara is an eportfolio system which allows its users to create and manage a digital portfolio of their work and achievements online as well as giving them the opportunity to share elements of their portfolio  and interact with others online.

The list of questions could go on but as this is a quickfire round, we’ll stop there for now.

If you want anymore information on the e-learning industry or are considering a move to online learning for your school or company, call or email us and we’d be happy to discuss your requirements and talk through your options.