Learning & Development

What is eLearning? We’re glad you asked!

We all know that eLearning means…right? As experts in the Learning & Development industry, we’re familiar with common terminology and jargon. But what we sometimes forget is that you, our audience, aren’t! So, what is eLearning?

Last month we launched our eLearning Uncovered feature on social media, aiming to educate our audience on the common terminology used in the Learning & Development world. After reading our handy guide, you shouldn’t have to ask yourself ‘What is eLearning?’ anymore…

L&D (Learning & Development)

L&D stands for Learning & Development, which is a major responsibility for HR departments. Its purpose is to provide employees with the skills and knowledge needed to develop in their roles whilst helping the business grow.

This is one of the most important terms for businesses to understand as professional development is becoming a major priority for employees in the modern world. If a business is not investing in L&D, they will find it increasingly difficult to attract employees.


eLearning is the term used to describe learning that is conducted via electronic media, most commonly using the internet. The digitalisation of learning allows it to be accessed anywhere, anytime. At Olano our eLearning provides the flexibility for your employees to manage their own learning whilst also making it easy for a business to roll out that learning to a large number of employees.

Bespoke Learning Content

Content that is designed specifically to suit the business and their employees. A product that has been custom-made. At Olano, we specialise in providing bespoke solutions with our training – it’s our bread and butter!

‘Learning in the flow’

Training that allows the learner to train flexibly throughout their working day meaning they work within their own flow rather than having to take time out to do so. If a job requires the use of different machinery for example, then the ‘learning in the flow’ format means that when faced with a piece of machinery they can study that particular module before using such equipment.

This way of learning is designed to suit the learner’s day which currently many companies are missing out on. Abstract found that despite the increased demand for digital learning 65% of businesses said that their current learning platforms were not fit for purpose. Showing there is a strong need from employees to move over to ‘learning in the flow’.

Blended Learning

Blended learning is a method that combines online/digital learning with face-to-face learning together as part of one training style. This split does not necessarily have to be equal. Blended learning allows businesses who still require classroom training to digitalise learning, without fully shifting to eLearning.


A way of presenting learning content where training is displayed in punchy, bite-sized modules to the learner. This method is suited very well to explainer videos and engaging content.

You should now be able to answer ‘What is eLearning?’ after reading our first ‘eLearning Uncovered’ guide! Our next guide will be released in September, but if you can’t wait that long, follow us on LinkedIn to catch terms as they are shared each week. We hope you found this useful and we’re confident you will be an L&D expert in no time!

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