Higher education systems all over the world are challenged nowadays by new information and communication technologies (ICT). These technologies have had a huge impact on the world economy, corporate management, and globalization trends. They bear a tremendous potential in reshaping the nature of study environments everywhere.
The Internet provides the opportunity to access intercultural and personalized knowledge for learning, to acquire theoretical knowledge, and to explore and apply knowledge. The Internet offers worldwide accessible knowledge and learning applications at any time and at any place. One of the learning applications which has become widespread is online learning.
Existing and emerging e-learning technologies are having intense, immediate, and disruptive impacts on the education systems. Nowhere is the impact felt more than on the practitioners who teach. More specifically, education has moved into the third decade of profound change in how courses and programs are designed and delivered. During this time, many new possibilities have become apparent. simultaneously, many changes have sprouted in almost all the sectors of education with the rise of e-learning technologies.
Online teaching can be defined as gaining knowledge and skills through learning applications that are written, communicated, supported, and managed with internet technology. It is often referred to as e-learning. Online learning has become one of the most beneficial applications in higher education. Online courses and programs continue to grow in higher education sittings. Students are increasingly demanding internet access and as a result, universities and colleges are improving their systems to meet their demands.
Online teaching is an instructional delivery system that allows students to participate in an educational space without being physically present in the same location as the instructor. The rapid growth in the number of distant education courses and programs has/had a profound impact on the ideas and beliefs about teaching and learning. The use of the internet with web-based course work has become a core method of instruction in distance learning.
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