An Introduction to e-Learning

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

Information & Communications Technology

The notion of information and communications technology (ICT) incorporates the networking together of computers. This allows computers to do stand-alone type tasks more effectively, insofar as it potentially makes available a wider range of shared software held centrally on servers and can make management of the system easier and more efficient. The key to ICT, however, is in the possibilities for communication, both within and between institutions.

Network PC

Within a college, the most obvious immediate impact is likely to come from e-mail between staff and access to college databases, notably student and course information, together with full management information system data. Externally, there are possibilities for links with other colleges, validating and funding agencies, and with the vast information and communication resources of the World Wide Web.

The software added into the mix by the move from IT to ICT includes communications software, such as Microsoft Outlook, browser software such as Internet Explorer and Netscape, and web authoring packages such as Dreamweaver. The capability to produce and maintain a college web site, or its internal equivalent, an intranet, opens new opportunities for communications. The people skills involved can be classified as user/receiver (browsing, reading e-mail) or creator/sender (web authoring, sending e-mail)