"The term 'e-learning' has only been in existence since 1999. When the
word was first utilized, other terms - such as 'online learning' and
'virtual learning' - also began to spring up in search of an accurate
description of exactly was e-learning was." summaries TrainingZone.co.uk (blog).
However, the principles behind e-learning have been well documented throughout history, and there is even evidence that suggests that early forms of e-learning existed as far back as the 19th century.
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With the introduction of the computer and internet in the late 20th century, e-learning tools and delivery methods expanded. The first MAC in the 1980s enabled individuals to have computers in their homes, making it easier for them to learn about particular subjects and develop certain skillsets. Then, in the following decade, virtual learning environments began to truly thrive, with people gaining access to a wealth of online information and e-learning opportunities.
The early 1990s
By the early 90s several schools had been set up to deliver courses online, making the most of the internet and bringing education to people unable to attend a college due to geographical or time constraints. Technological advancements also helped educational establishments reduce the costs of distance learning - a saving that could then be passed on to the students, helping bring education to a wider audience.
Source: TrainingZone.co.uk (blog)