Introduction to Online Learning

Many definitions describe online learning as learning or education that is delivered via the internet or personal computer. However, your online learning experience can be much more.


What Is Online Learning?

Published November 12, 2017

Contributor Elaine Raybourn


Each of these are variants of online learning offering different levels of interactivity from pointing and clicking, or viewing videos, to hands-on experimentation:


web-based multimedia courseware including videos, podcasts, etc.

Mobile learning or m-learning

includes tablet or mobile performance support, apps, audiocasts, e-books, etc.

Video conferencing or telepresence

online lectures, webcasts, webinars, tutorials, etc.

Web or browser-based virtual worlds, serious games, and simulations

Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Virtual reality and augmented reality

experiential learning or on-the-job performance support

This blog post from e-learning Industry is a very quick read and lists 5 advantages to basic online learning: 1) ability to learn practically whatever you want, 2) comfort and convenience, 3) enhanced professional skills with certificate training, 4) self-paced learning, and 5) low cost or free when you audit. For example, review Class Central's guide on How to Sign up for Coursera Courses for Free.

You can get started by entering your area of interest in the search field of the suggested sites below: