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E‐learning: the latest spectrum in open and distance learning

A.S. Guha (Joint Director in the Regional Services Division, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India)
Subhashish Maji (Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Article publication date: 1 August 2008




The purpose of this paper is an attempt to validate the universal impact of e‐learning as distance education methodology and community learning.


The paper examines an ontological framework for e‐learning within theoretical referential points, its reach and its systemic and disciplinary approaches. The paper explores the ramifications of e‐learning.


E‐learning offers distance learning through the internet, giving students an interactive educational experience and the opportunity to study through accredited learning providers. Through e‐learning, companies can deliver distance training to their staff, or gain additional revenue through re‐selling of training programmes. Using e‐learning, colleges of distance education can deliver distance learning to students, or offer other educational establishments the opportunity to use their courses.


The paper concludes that e‐learning makes a definitive impact on the young and old alike, creative writers and the community as a whole. E‐learning groups and communities such as the telecentre movement reach towards sustainability and socio‐educational development.



Guha, A.S. and Maji, S. (2008), "E‐learning: the latest spectrum in open and distance learning", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 297-305.



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