An Introduction to e-Learning

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

Information Technology

In this definition, IT can be taken to refer to the hardware, software and skills that surround a single stand-alone computer or laptop.

a stand alone pc

Hardware refers to the basic box and add-ons such as printers, scanners, CD-ROM, DVD drive and so forth. Software associated with this definition includes productivity software such as word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and graphics and presentation packages, familiar to most users as Microsoft products such as Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint.

In addition there are subject/topic/occupation-specific packages for computer-assisted design, accountancy and a range of other commercial applications. Developing skills in the personal use of IT typically consists of acquiring proficiency in basic Windows operations and increasing degrees of expertise in the use of one or more packages. Training programmes, such as PC Passport, ECDL and Computer Literacy and Information Technology (CLAIT) qualification, focus on taking users through a low-level set of fundamental operations in three packages (most typically a word processor, a spreadsheet application and one other) as a basis for subsequent development. As an initial engagement with computers and their applications, such programmes are often highly motivating and personally rewarding.