ETEC 501 (Week 3) – eLearning History and Trends

  • Choose one sector that most interests you – K-12, Higher Education, Business/Industry, etc. and discuss key trends in e-learning in the sector of your choice. Explain the kinds of e-learning courses offered and the technology tools most commonly used for course delivery in that sector.
    • Trends in e-learning have emerged in K-12 education, that have transformed the way educators teach course material and how students learn the material presented to them. Some of the key trends in K-12 education include the utilization and implementation of, iPads, smartphones, mobile devices, Tech-based monitoring, cloud computing, gaming, social networks, adaptive learning, electronic/interactive textbooks, online summer school and simulation learning. The use of such trends in classroom settings creates many benefits for both students and teachers. For instance, the use of different technological advances can help accommodate the different learning style of students, makes instant feedback possible, allows for easier collaboration, and helps create engaging lessons.
    • I was not familiar with e-learning courses in K-12 education, so I looked through several online schools/academies that offer online courses for K-12 students. The courses offered are similar to the courses offered in a traditional school, ranging from English, math, science and even foreign languages. Similar to a traditional classroom, there exists a state-certified teacher to monitor and lead the online classes, courses include workbooks and textbooks that are provided by the chosen school/academy. The online course content, instructions, programs, and games are accessed through any technological device with access to the internet.
  • There are many terms that are interchangeably used with e-learning such as online learning, blended learning, and distance learning. Define each of these terms based on the readings and through online research, be sure to provide citations for the work in APA format.
    • According to our reading material written by Perry and Pilati (2011), “there are no exacting definitions in the online realm” because everyone experiences e-learning differently. However, chapter 1 of our textbook by Garrison (2017), helps define certain terms to clarify any confusion and gain a better understand of how they are alike and different.
      • e-learning: “the utilization of electronically mediated asynchronous and synchronous communication for the purpose of thinking and learning collaboratively”
      • online learning: one of the two primary applications that constitute e-learning, “Fully online learning is a form of distance education that had its genesis in the field of computer conferencing with its focus on thinking and learning collaboratively. Because of its collaborative nature, online learning is very different form traditional distance education that had its focus on content delivery and autonomous approaches to learning.”
      • blended learning: one of the two primary applications that constitute e-learning, “has become the most prevalent application of e-learning in traditiona education institutions…. has shifted the thinking of educators in terms of transformative course and program redesign”
      • distance learning: “e-learning can make education accessible at a distance, it represents very differetn educational characteristics and possiblities… online leanring is very different from traditional distance education that had its focus on content delivery and autonomous approaches to learning”
  • While reading assigned materials, search for additional relevant and reasonably sourced information from the Internet. Organize and provide a history of distance education chronologically (key events) –some of the ways to present this information could include timeline format, images, video — be creative.
  • What’s the one useful thing you learned through the discussions this week that will be useful to you in your profession, or that changed your way of thinking?
    • One useful thing that I learned through the discussions this week that will be useful to me in my profession was the current key trends in e-learning that exist in K-12 education. I want to pursue a career as a mathematics teacher, learning about the different types of technology and programs that can be used to enhance material will help me create engaging material for my future students. Understanding how certain technologies can help my students will hopefully allow me to maximize their learning and make me an effective educator.


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Garrison, D. R. (2017). E-learning in the 21st century: a community of inquiry framework for research and practice. London: Routledge.

Pappas, C. (2016, November 23). The History Of Distance Learning – Infographic. Retrieved from

Perry, E. H., & Pilati, M. L. (2011). Online learning. New Directions For Teaching & Learning2011(128), 95-104. doi:10.1002/tl.472

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The History of Distance Learning [INFOGRAPHIC]. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Top 10 eLearning Trends in K-12 Education. (n.d.). Retrieved from


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