E-learning is where people discover the learning process through the use of technology anytime and anywhere in the world. Huett, Moller, Foshay, and Coleman (2008) pose the question “Is e-learning (and the technologies that support it) truly a breakthrough or is it only the latest “miracle” which promises solutions to all the problems associated with education and training?”
There is a great demand for e-learning growth but the problem lies within the development of it. Huett, Moller, Foshay, and Coleman (2008) spotlight the need for training, development, and higher education because authorities/ administration do not understand the developmental process which can lead to a false perception. Meanwhile, Simonson (2008) emphasis that distant/e-learning concentrates on actual education from different geographical locations. E-learning or distance learning has beyond a doubt globalized the educational field by removing the geographical boundaries of all nations and allowing people of many locations, abilities, and status to partake in an education. Successful distance educational programs begin with watchful planning and a focused concentration on the course requirements and student needs. Distance education does not happen on its own accord; it evolves through the hard work and committed efforts of many individuals such as; students, faculty, facilitators, support staff, and administrators. When all factors are in place, the melting pot of information forms a good backbone for distance learning environment
Simonsons (2000) Equivalency Theory seems to be the better of two words providing the outcomes and learning experiences favor similar results. It allows for F2F, increased investment for institutions, convenience of staying at home or not driving to campus and increase in motivation and access for students. This theory, in my eyes, benefits all who are interested in pursuing education at a distance.
Huett, J. Moller, L., Fosay, W. & Coleman, C. (2008). The evolution of distance education: Implications for instructional design on the potential of the Web (Part 3: K12). Tech Trends, 52(5), 63-67.
Simonson, M. (2000). Making decisions: The use of electronic technology in online classes. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 84, 29–34. Use the Academic Search Premier database, and search using the article's title.