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Jamie Littlefield

What's the Difference Between e-Learning and Distance Learning?

By August 7, 2008

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The terms "e-learning," "distance learning," "web-based learning" and "online learning" are often used interchangeably. But, a recent eLearn Magazine article explains how important it is to recognize their differences:
"...These terms represent concepts with subtle, yet consequential differences....

A clear understanding of these concepts and their fundamental differences is important for both the educational and training communities. Applying each of these terms adequately is key to assuring reliable communication between clients and vendors, members of technical teams, and the research community. A thorough familiarity with each concept and its distinctive characteristics is a critical factor in establishing adequate specifications, evaluating alternative options, selecting best solutions, and enabling and promoting effective learning practices."
Do you recognize the differences between these common terms? If not, the article is definitely worth a read.

See Also: The 7 Mistakes Online Learners Make


April 3, 2011 at 11:04 am
(1) Asif habibi says:

I am Asif, the fourth class student of Information and Communication Technology Institute of Kabul University in Afghanistan I really need to know about the differences between E-learning and Distance-learning and it was my homework too, when i visited this website and i read this information i knew more about, thanks from you and from your nice information.
best regard
Asif habibi

May 12, 2011 at 4:52 am
(2) Study In India says:


I think,E Learning is Internet learning in which courses have been set up to train and educate people.Distance learning is intended to offer courses to students who live in a significant distance away from campus.


June 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm
(3) panjshir canada says:

mr asif habibi.i think you are pashton people which is the wildest people around the world.you are for entihari not for learning.pashtoon is = donkey.
you are the main causes of khorasan distruction.go for your kochi gari

February 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(4) Mohammed says:

Hi ;

dear panjshir talk about your self. don’t talk about any thing you don’t know. you see the media and judge pashton is wilde.

dear panjshir , you reflect your demon soul.

May 4, 2012 at 3:41 am
(5) Colleges List says:

University Colleges List : Great article Thanks to shared !

September 25, 2012 at 3:40 am
(6) Ali Asifi says:


You guys are famous for being rude, bad, addle and this you proved practically here.

Thanks for being so :(


October 8, 2012 at 3:17 am
(7) Nisar says:

Panjshir there is even no need to read others comments which have abused you. but you have demonstrated you own tribe attitude in your comment.

February 20, 2013 at 2:14 am
(8) hassan says:

all those who commented were almost good, other than panjshir, who commented rudely. There might be an issue between them.
Plz, be ethical any time

February 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(9) ameen says:

it is very rude to comment like this… if u are educated you should not say like this.

May 11, 2014 at 12:19 am
(10) aprender un idioma says:

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