It comes in various shapes and sizes
A large variety of eLearning is offered from non-profit organizations such as Khan Academy who provides a bank of free video lectures given by charismatic academics to popular software platforms such as Moodle, Blackboard and Canvas, allowing teachers and students to connect more effectively online. 

MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses), which are free short online courses offered by reputable universities and lifelong-learning institutions in both formal and non-formal setting. MOOCs are becoming increasingly popular and often comprise multimedia material and interactive game-like environments.

MOOCs are free, yet with a good business potential 
The biggest US Mooc network, Coursera, hosts courses from 100 universities worldwide. Free courses are usually introduced to encourage people to sign up for paid modules.

The UK is already being "MOOCed"
The British equivalent to Coursera, Futurelearn, now offers courses from more than half of the top 40 UK universities.

eCredits and Degrees 

  • More and more institutions nowadays offer degrees, based on eLearning achievements.
  • A number of universities already exchange MOOC certificates for actual college credit. eCredits become increasingly valuable in the job market in the UK and worldwide.
  • There are as well a wide range of full degree qualifications, based on eLearning that are available to paying students.

Advantages of eLearning

  • MOOCs are low cost routes to accessing quality courses.
  • They can be combined with other study or work.
  • They are accessed from any computer at any location including your home.
  • MOOC pioneer Peter Norvig argues it is easier to achieve a one-on-one teaching experience online than in a crowded classroom. 
  • Online forums and communities allow users to discuss problems in real time with fellow students stuck on the same issue.
  • Millions of people have signed up to hundreds of apps, lectures, tests, platforms and courses and because every right answer and every flunked exam will be documented, a huge quantity of data will be collected.
  • These "learning analytics" could be used to provide educators with a greater insights into a deeper understanding of the learning process as a whole.
  • While for some eLearning should be seen as a subsidiary to traditional studies, so-called "blended learning", others think the main thrust of e-learning should be to provide free education to disadvantaged people worldwide who don't have access to university and adult education.

 The eLearning Center at the MBM TDC offers a full  range of learning opportunities powered by the  latest online technologies available, setting high  standards for free and user-friendly distance learning and active learner-educator interaction.

​​"E-learning" is a very broad term

It refers to all internet-based education, which could be anything from a free maths lecture on iTunes to a colour-coded language app or even a fully interactive ten-week course in analytical chemistry from a top university.

It's been around for nearly 40 years now

Introduced by UK and USA universities in the 1980s, since 2000 the web has been widely used by schools and universities as a means of distributing audiovisual material and course documentation.