The Evolution of eLearning: Background, Blends and Blackboard...

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Education | Educational Technology | Higher Education | Online and Distance Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Publication Details

This article was originally published in the journal Science Progress (1933-) Vol. 90, No. 3 (2010), pp. 319-334). Available at:

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This review of eLearning is divided into three sections: the first charts the evolution of eLearning from early correspondence courses to the current computer mediated approaches to distributed learning. The second section deals with the concept of blended learning; combining best practice in face-to-face and online learning. The final section focuses on current platform technologies in eLearning and outlines the strengths and weaknesses of learning management systems such as Blackboard.