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Types of e-learning PDF Print E-mail
Written by Neil Evans, PhD study   

Broadbent (2002:10) identifies four types of e-learning, namely: informal, self-paced, leader-led and through performance support tools.  In informal e-learning, a learner could access a web site or join an online discussion group to find relevant information. Self-paced e-learning on the other hand refers to the process whereby learners’ access computer based or web-based training materials at their own pace. Leader-led e-leaning as the name suggests refers to an instructor, tutor or facilitator leading the process. This type of learning can further be divided into two categories: (1) learners accessing real-time (synchronous) learning materials and (2) learners accessing delayed learning materials (asynchronous). The fourth and last type of e-learning described is through the use of  performance support tools which refers to materials that learners can use to help perform a task (normally in software) such as using a wizard.


1. Broadbent B. (2002). ABCs of E-learning. Reaping the Benefits and Avoiding the Pitfalls. Jossey-Bass / Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA.