Building Block: eLearning
Maturity: BETA
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Short Description: Supports facilitated or remote learning through digital interaction between educators and students.

Full Description: The eLearning ICT Building Blocks enables a learning environment that uses ICT as a platform for teaching and learning activities. With its origins in distance learning, eLearning leverages new media, such as the Internet or mobile devices, to connect learners with educators. It breaks down the barriers to learning, such as distance, especially for adult learners in higher education or learners in remote areas. eLearning applications are available in software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) forms.

Other Names: Online learning, Mobile learning, Digital learning, Smart learning, Distance learning

Key Digital Functionalities:

  • Allows educators to create, curate and publish digital learning materials and functionalities programmes, including different types of learning activities
  • Uses or adapts existing content and multimedia materials, and organizes those materials into courses
  • Allows access to learning content and courses through different channels, including web, mobile apps and SMS
  • Enables the access, retrieval and delivery of information from educators to students, or between the learners themselves
  • Allows for online assessments and evaluation of students
  • Displays the applicable trainings based on the user profile, such as farmers and health workers
  • Allows authorized staff to receive feedback on the effectiveness of capacity- building programmes
  • Provides training schedule information to active or registered users by SMS or email
  • Offers access to learning content and courses through different channels, including web, mobile apps and SMS
  • Collects usage analytics to evaluate trainings and determine which materials work best
  • Includes a terminology library (thesaurus)
  • Provides a virtual classroom
  • Displays logistical and personnel information
  • Provides certification for successful completion of courses
  • Securely identifies and authenticates learners through biometrics, digital tokens, etc for assessment and certification purposes

Examples of use in different sectors:

  • Agriculture sector: 
    • Extension workers training programmes
    • Massive online open courses (MOOC) for agriculture
  • Education sector: 
    • Open distance and flexible learning systems (ODFL) offered by education institutions that enroll learners from remote, distant areas who can learn and submit assignments virtually, and universities offering MOOCs
  • Health sector: 
    • Continuing medical education (CME) for medical professionals and health workers
    • Tele-trainings for yoga or exercise
    • Remote training for college students in disaster management and first aid


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