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Electronic learning (or e-Learning or eLearning) is a type of education where the medium of instruction is computer technology. In some instances, no in-person interaction takes place. E-learning is used interchangeably in a wide variety of contexts. In companies, it refers to the strategies that use the company network to deliver training courses to employees. In the USA, it is defined as a planned teaching/learning experience that uses a wide spectrum of technologies, mainly Internet or computer-based, to reach learners. Lately in most Universities, e-learning is used to define a specific mode to attend a course or programmes of study where the students rarely, if ever, attend face-to-face for on-campus access to educational facilities, because they study online.

How do live webcasts work? All you need are a phone, a modem connection for Internet access (at least 28.8) and the special toll-free number to call. You will follow along with a graphics presentation broadcast over the Internet and access the audio portion of the seminar through your telephone (we suggest you use a speaker phone with a mute feature for best audio quality). If you have never experienced a webcast, we strongly suggest you try out the vendor demo.

How do webcast recordings work? ASPPA traditionally offers access to a recording of a webcast (including both audio and visual portions of the presentation) approximately one week following the original live webcast presentation. Recordings are offered completely over the internet, using Flash presentation software. This requires that an attendee’s computer have Internet access, a sound card and speakers to attend. The fee for access is the same as the live webcast, and the recording is accessible for approximately one year after being initially posted. Registered attendees can access the presentation twice, and arrangements can be made for additional accessing. The recorded presentations run for approximately 100 minutes, but does allow pausing, rewinding and fast forwarding.

One example: webcast.berkeley
The University of California-Berkeley has been streaming videos of their courses through their site webcast.berkeley since 2001. In 2006 they became the first university to podcast a significant number of their courses on audio, making lectures available as downloadable MP3s put up on RSS feeds that you can subscribe to.

Their podcasted courses cover science, psychology, engineering, and many other subjects. Podcasts of lectures are released throughout the semester and they also have an archive of all their previous courses which they’ve made available on podcast and streaming video.

More examples:


List of free e-Learning sites:


Example of IT education:

Yet another tech related site featuring free tutorials on C, PHP, Delphi, Flash, DHTML, Javascript, Pascal, Perl. It also offers animations and cliparts if you are planning to build your own site. There is also a tips and tricks section on Javacript and HTML.


Another example of long list of subjects: