Electronic learning or eLearning refers to computer-enhanced learning. It uses Internet technologies to deliver a broad array of approaches that enhance learners’ knowledge and performance(1)(2)(3). It is usually associated with the field of advanced learning technology, which deals with both the technologies and associated methodologies in learning using networked and/or multimedia. Common synonyms for eLearning are Web-based learning, online learning, distributed learning, computer-assisted instruction, or Internet-based learning.
Internet has revolutionized teaching by allowing learners to have direct access to knowledge and to new pedagogical approaches. The history of eLearning is accessible on Wikipedia.
Since HSeT embarked on eLearning in immunology, the advantages of web-based teaching methods have become clear. Immunology Online, HSeT’s first eLearning program, was developed as a partnership between the federated Swiss Medical schools and the Swiss Virtual Campus. Its success has sparked a number of new national and international eTraining collaborations.
HSeT’s philosophy is simple: create unique learning experiences for trainees to build human capacity in the health sciences around the world in both industrialized and resource constrained settings.
HSeT moves beyond electronic textbooks by using:
• High quality animation to convey complex concepts
• Novel pedagogical techniques
• eLearning blended with face-to-face teaching
• A highly adaptable Learning Management System