E-Learning refers to learning that is delivered or enabled via electronic technology. It encompasses learning delivered via a range of technologies such as the internet, television, videotape, intelligent tutoring systems, and computer-based training. e-Learning is a subset of the larger worlds of both “information technology ”and “education and training ”.It can be valuable when used as a part of a well-planned and properly supported education and training environment, but e-learning is not a magic bullet that replaces nor renders obsolete existing pedagogical theories and approaches. Many learning and technology professionals believe that e-learning will have “arrived” when we stop referring to it by a separate name and begin considering it as an integral part of a complete learning environment.
Dokeos is an learning environment and course management web application and also a collaboration tool. It is free software released under the GNU GPL, its development is an international, collaborative effort. It is also OSI certified and can be used as a content management system for education and educators. Its features for course management include content distribution, calendaring, progress tracking, text/audio/video chat, test administration, and record keeping. As of 2004, it has been translated into 31 languages (in various stages of completion) and is used by more than one thousand organizations.
The main goals of Dokeos are to be a very user-friendly and flexible system with an easy to use interface. It wants to be a tool for good learning, so that users have minimal notice of the tools and maximum attention for the content.
ILIAS is a powerful web-based learning management system that allows users to create, edit and publish learning and teaching material in an integrated system with their normal web browsers. Tools for cooperative working and communication among students and lecturers are included as well as those for assessment and evaluation. Moreover, didactical structures for complete courses can be developed.