E-Learning: from useful to indispensable tool

Alessandro Wasum Mariani, Ricardo Mingarini Terra, Paulo Manuel Pêgo-Fernandes
2012 São Paulo Medical Journal  
E-learning, meaning electronic learning, is a teaching model based on use of technology with the fundamental characteristic of not requiring the student's physical presence. In other words, it consists of learning through studying material in computer environments and on the internet or other electronic media, where the teacher, if any, remains at a distance. 1 Classically, there are two types of e-learning: distance learning and computer-assisted learning. Distance learning uses information
more » ... uses information technology to take learning to different locations. Computer-assisted learning, also known as computer-based training, uses computers as the sole teaching tool, through different forms of media, without the presence of a teacher or tutor, even at a distance. 2 These two types are becoming increasingly integrated as the internet develops. Medicine is a field of knowledge in which there has been high investment in developing E-Learning: from useful to indispensable tool | EDITORIAL Sao Paulo Med J. 2012; 130(6):357-9 359
doi:10.1590/s1516-31802012000600001 pmid:23338731 fatcat:cjql2icmgvhhhiq4nifmnhx7ee