11. Conclusion: The Future of E-Learning

  1. William Horton

Published Online: 1 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118256039.ch11

E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition

E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition

How to Cite

Horton, W. (2011) Conclusion: The Future of E-Learning, in E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition, Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118256039.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2011
  2. Published Print: 26 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470900024

Online ISBN: 9781118256039



  • e-learning;
  • education;
  • knowledge;
  • learners;
  • multimedia simulations;
  • secrets


E-learning is not just a change of technology. It is part of a redefinition of how we as a species transmit knowledge, skills, and values to younger generations of workers and students. This book makes a few predictions of how e-learning and the functions it serves will continue to develop. Learners will have access to millions or billions of knowledge modules. Some will be Web pages with simple text and graphics. Others may include multimedia simulations. In many fields, e-learning has become the default way to conduct training or to provide education. There are four secrets of e-learning. The first secret is to teach what learners need to learn in the way they most naturally learn. The second secret is to define clear learning objectives. The third secret builds on the first two. It is to focus on the right objectives. The final secret is in the power of testing.

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