Facts About E-Learning
So what is e-learning? E-learning is essentially a way in which students and teachers are able to come together via technology. It stands for electronic learning and one might think that this is a new concept that has only emerged during our continued use and growth with that of the World Wide Web.
However, e-learning is not the first type of distance learning that has been around.
How did e-learning begin?
E-learning is itself a type of distance learning. Distance learning is the ability for students to receive education without needing to be within a school's classrooms, by use of receiving mail, CDs, DVDs, tapes, and recording in order to learn the chosen subject. Language software, such as the Rosetta Stone, could be considered a type of distance learning, as users are being taught a subject without the need to be enrolled or attending that of a traditional classroom.
Distance learning has been around since the 19th century, when a school master in England began to teach short hand to those around the city. Instead of convening in a classroom, he went around to each interested party's homes and taught there. In a time when those with disabilities or handicaps, women, or the poor were unable to attend school, these types of lesson helped them gain skills they would need. This is the start of what would lead to correspondence courses.
Fast forward to the time when radio and TV were just beginning to fascinate the public. Realizing that these mediums had potential, the 1950s and 60s saw these means used for educational purposes, first with Iowa State introducing the first ever educational TV program in 1950, then by Philadelphia's WFIL-TV in 1951, followed by PBS in 1964. At this same time, Stanford University psychology professors were looking in to the concept of teaching elementary children math and reading through the use of computers.