Instead of, or in addition to, correspondence-style distance education programs, e-learning (electronic learning) is a relatively new educational alternative, thanks to our technological age. Students and busy adult learners no longer have to find the time to travel to campuses and attend classes on designated days and at specific times, in traditional “brick and mortar" classrooms. Instead, learners can fit their studies and educational goals around their lifestyles, rather than the other way around. This represents a savings not only in time, but also in the expenses associated with traveling to, or living on campus.
E-learning provides students with convenience and flexibility not found in traditional school programs. While some programs may require textbooks, many institutions provide online versions of textbooks as well as all other necessary learning materials, study aids, and even virtual libraries. In addition, students typically have access to asynchronous discussion boards, synchronous live chat options, recorded lectures, and other virtual opportunities to interact with instructors and fellow classmates. Some live sessions require virtual attendance on specific days and times, and assignments have mandatory due dates, but everything else is available any time of day or night for ultimate convenience in planning your studying and schoolwork schedule.