Online classes or electronic or E-classes are educational sessions that are held with the help of internet communication and related information & communication technologies (ICT) education. E-classes broadly include various forms of technology that are used in education, learning & teaching. The contents of E-classes include courses on multimedia, various types of TEL or technology-enhanced learning, CBT or computer-based training, CAI or computer-assisted instruction, IBT or internet-based training, WBT or web-based training, online and virtual education, VLE or virtual learning environments m-learning, and as well as collaboration of digital educational.
E classes include various types of media that can deliver texts, different types of audio images and animation, streaming video, and different types of technology applications & processes including audio and video presentations, satellite televisions, intra and internet based learning processes and various modes of computer-based learning. Information & communication systems – free standing as well as local network based also include the ambit of e-classes.
E-classes can be conducted anywhere – in a classroom or out of it. It can well be self-paced as per the requirements of the trainee. They can also include asynchronous learning or can be led by and instructor or trainer. These classes can also be conducted in combination of face-to-face teaching. However, in these cases the process that is generally followed is called ‘blended learning’.
In whatever ways these e-classes are held, they are playing a pivotal role in the entire world, especially in the remote areas and in the spread of adult education in the under developed and developed countries. Newer techniques are being implemented and newer technologies are evolved to make these e-classes more interactive and attractive to the learners.
The excellence and success of these e-classes are beyond questions. However, it is to be seen that whether these classes are able to replace other conventional learning & teaching approaches process. However, the way these classes are gaining popularity, the future seems to be highly impressive. At present, a wide range of terms are used to, albeit somewhat inconsistently, to classify the technology that is used for these e-classes. For instance, the term 'hybrid learning' and 'blended learning' may be used to describe classroom aids, accessories & laptops, or may be sued to refer the approaches that are taken in conventional classroom. However, these processes are not reduced or eliminated. They are only replaced by some alternative process, supportive of e-learning in e-classes. Likewise, ‘Distribution learning' may be used to describe either the components of e-learning of an approach that is hybrid, or to describe an entirely online e-class environments.