An Introduction to e-Learning

What is the Difference between IT, ICT and E-Learning?


E-Learning is about the application of IT/ICT to education. So it begins with an understanding of the needs and possibilities for learning. By first considering what students wish to accomplish, it is then possible to look at how the new technologies might make this more possible, by widening participation or increasing engagement, and how they might contribute to raising standards of attainment and the quality of learner experience. It is also possible to look at how the professional skills of tutors and all those supporting learning can be enhanced by adding these new tools to those that already exist, and how the business of the college can be more effectively conducted by all staff.

an image of a learner using IT

The current state of development of IT/ICT, and particularly the growth of internet-based information services, gives us a significant opportunity to change the way we work to the benefit of all. e-Learning is about choices that we make for our learners and our colleges that will change the culture. This is most readily illustrated by looking at staff training and skills. The e-Learning perspective tells us that IT training, such as CLAIT, or qualifications with an ICT flavour such as the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) may enhance the basic skills of staff.

Staff will not change the culture or drive forward the college e-Learning strategy until further work is done that addresses the issue of application of these new skills to learning situations.

The e-learning perspective asks: 'What do we want to do with IT/ICT to improve the learning experience?