Powering e-Learning in the new millennium: An overview of e-Learning and enabling technology

Dongsong Zhang, Jay F. Nunamaker

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In today's new economy characterized by industrial change, globaliiation, increased intensive competition, knowledge sharing and transfer, and information technology revolution, traditional classroom education or training does not always satisfy all the needs of the new world of lifelong learning. Learning is shifting from instructor-centered to learner-centered, and is undertaken anywhere, from classrooms to homes and offices, E-Learning, referring to learning via the Internet, provides people with a flexible and personalized way to learn. It offers learning-on-demand opportunities and reduces learning cost. This paper describes the demands for e-Leaming and related research, and presents a variety of enabling technologies that can facilitate the design and implementation of e-Learning systems. Armed with the advanced information and communication technologies, e-Learning is having a far-reaching impact on learning in the new millennium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-218
Number of pages12
JournalInformation Systems Frontiers
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003


  • E-Learning
  • Information technology
  • Internet
  • Lifelong learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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