It’s different. E-learning is different from putting together a typical website that holds lots of facts. The website has traditionally been involved in providing marketing information or technical information to users. Information can be part of the learning solutions, but in most cases, it’s NOT the whole process. There is a lot more to doing internet-based training than putting a lot of reference information on a Website.

You can think of E-learning as a guided tour from a beginning skill point to a learning objective. At the end of the E-learning experience, the learner will have to learn specific new knowledge or a specific new skill – the learner is guided step-by-step in a way that almost always meets the learning objectives.

It’s the difference between taking piano lessons and reading all the index entries in the encyclopedia about piano playing. You’ll find the same facts in both places. But the class will focus and arrange the facts, and the instructor will guide you (with encouragement and feedback on your performance) so you can actually play after a number of lessons.

Another example is like learning to speak French. It’s different from looking into an English-French dictionary. But if you already know how to speak French, having an online dictionary for looking up the words you’ve forgotten can be very handy.