Unravelling online training in 3 questions

Online training, distance learning, open distance learning, digital learning, MOOC… are some of these terms one and the same? Is one the modern version of the other? Are we dealing with entirely different modalities of learning? It is not easy to find your way around, especially as these concepts continue to evolve and nuances come into play in the way they are used. Without claiming to be exhaustive, let’s try to answer three questions to get a clearer picture. Why is it more accurate nowadays to talk about elearning or online learning rather than distance learning?

Elearning is the modern version of distance education since it involves a connection to a computer, tablet or smartphone. It is deployed on a learning platform, a website hosting learning content designed to facilitate the deployment of pedagogical strategies. In many cases, it integrates “Web 2.0”, i.e. the techniques, functionalities and uses of the participatory web that allow users to interact with each other and to create or modify content; examples include social networks, sharing platforms and collaborative sites.

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