There are numerous expressions in the world of e-learning, which have a very similar meaning, but do not exactly cover the same thing. Distance education, e-education, e-learning, online learning and teaching are interchangeable terms for many, but they do not have the same meaning. That can easily lead to misunderstandings. It is not always possible to determine the differences completely objectively, but we still make an attempt to define all close and distant relatives of e-learning.
Although logically and chronologically, e-learning would not be the first, but it is currently the most common name in the field, so it is still worth starting with. E-learning is a training delivered online, via computer or any other digital device. It is the set of learning and teaching activities and their organizational tasks, which are primarily implemented using the Internet or intranet. It is also important that formal and informal elements can be combined in the learning process of e-learning.
The most essential features of e-learning are therefore that it is operated via a network, and in addition to traditional formal learning, there may be parts that do not have predetermined and completely clear goals in terms of learning outcomes, i.e. it is often on the student to decide in which direction he or she moves within the given framework.
In contrast to traditional teaching, the methods of e-learning represented a lot of new things, and they still do today. It introduced such effective and fun techniques to learning that would have been completely unimaginable without digital tools.