E-learning is a mode of learning that takes place electronically, often via the Internet. It requires students to use electronic devices such as computers, tablets and cell phones—usually their own, although often students use institutional devices too. With e-learning, students theoretically can learn any time or place, as long as they have access to a device and a Wi-Fi or data connection. Learning management systems are an effective way to facilitate e-learning as these platforms can encapsulate students’ courses, assessments and grades.
E-learning courses can be delivered live, where students can digitally “raise their hands” to participate in the class. Alternatively, pre-recorded modules can guide students through the material. E-learning components such as gamification and online polling and discussions can also contribute to a positive interactive learning environment.