E-books still may not be acceptable as authentic sources. But, in an electronic world they can work miracles to help students learn traditional concepts and methods, even if the student knows nothing about computers. Here are some ideas on how to use ebooks as a learning tool.

1. People at Risk. The type of organizations and individuals who would be your e-learning audience should determine whether to use free or paid e-books. Failing an assignment or piece of work because of a lack of interest or motivation is a huge discredit to both the student’s ego and to the business.

So, it is very important for potential e-learning readers to determine the credibility of a free online course before committing oneself to it. Ask yourself these questions.

a) Is the course something I could actually learn from?

b) Is it something that I could finish on my own?

c) Does the course give me a chance to learn more about the topic or build on the topic I already know?

d) Does the course add to or clarify my understanding of the topic?

Students often fail courses because they can’t build on the material learning on their own. They often are unable to answer the questions – or even get through the questions to learn more about the material.

When a paid course asks a question like “Can you think of any reasons why ______ is?”, there is a lot of room for questioning – and that’s where a paid course is more effective than a free course.

2. Apply for Grant Money

The information about grants can be obtained from the Department of Education’s website. crawlford.us/index.html. Once you have that information, you can begin to evaluate projects that look like good fits for you.

3. Consider Other E-Learning Opportunities

Also, check out the experiences of other teachers who are using e-learning for teaching.  What types of resources have they used? How have they improved their students’ learning?

4. Get Support

The easiest way to learn is by talking to others in both the classroom and the web-based community.  To stay abreast of current information, subscribe to newsletters that list the web-based opportunities and schools that offer them.

5. Get Out and about

By using technology and traveling, you can gain firsthand experience in the way materials are designed, developed and delivered.  Also, students will appreciate the chance to see the procedures and protocols that teachers follow during the development and delivery of the course.  This will help them to be more prepared for the expected expectations of the class and the expectation of succeeding on the online forum.

6. Talk to the Teacher

One of the best ways to learn is by talking to teachers and students who are already using e-learning for learning.  What challenges have they had?  How have they overcome the challenges?

7. Participate

S WebQuests are the web-based counterparts to classroom-based activities.   sets of criteria and a set of resources to match specific student interests and curriculum objectives, students will have a set of resources to distributing materials and a Conquest board to post course work and pre-ships.  This all can be done in the classroom, with the emphasis on the use of WebQuests.

8. Communicate

Students can communicate with each other online through chat rooms, discussion forums, email, class chat, and class web pages.

9. Enhance Learning

In web-based education, the most productive hours are obtained during the first 30 minutes.  After that, students lose track of the concept because the computer is logging the activities.  They need a tool that keeps track of their activities, allows them to selectively display or hide the materials, allows them to save files to a central server and listen to them using web browsers.

10. extracurricular activities

Online resources are based on the tuition model used by colleges and universities.  Students can access coursework, read assignments, write papers, and communicate with teachers and other students.

Due to their flexibility, students can take online courses at any time and any place.  They can use online resources during the summer, on holidays, and even when they travel.  This offers has vistas for the career planning process and effective learning resources.

Even though there are many models of e-learning, the one that sticks out is the distance learning.  This models is based on communication over the Internet, and the most common feature is virtual classrooms.  These make online classes interactive, broadcast-able, and collaborative towards projects.