Vol. 25 No. 1 (2011)

E-Learning: Confusing Terminology, Research Gaps and Inherent Challenges

Sarah Guri-Rosenblit
The Open University of Israel
Begoña Gros
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Published 2011-03-03


  • e-learning,
  • distance education

How to Cite

Guri-Rosenblit, S., & Gros, B. (2011). E-Learning: Confusing Terminology, Research Gaps and Inherent Challenges. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education Revue Internationale Du E-Learning Et La Formation à Distance, 25(1). Retrieved from https://ijede.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/729


This article examines the problem of defining a broad conceptual theory for the applications of the advanced technologies in educational settings, most particularly in higher education. The article starts with discussing the multiple and confusing meanings of e-learning in the relevant literature; it proceeds to examine the problem of putting the learners in the center of the study process and exaggerating their self-directed abilities; it identifies noticeable gaps in the e-learning research; and it concludes with an analysis of some inherent challenges embedded in both conducting meaningful research on the advanced technologies in learning/teaching settings and in their actual implementation.