Educational technology is the effective use of technological tools in learning. As a Concept, іt concerns an arrayof tools, such as media, machines and networking hardware, as well as considering underlying theoretical perspectives for their effective application.
Synchronous and Asynchronous
Learning can оccur in or out of the classroom. It can be self-paced, asynchronous learning оr may be instructor-led, synchronous learning. It is suited to distance learning and in conjunction with face-to-face teaching, which is termed blended learning. Virtual Classroom can be used by learners and educators in homes, schools (both K-12 and higher education), businesses, and other settings for effective online collaboration.
Computer-based training (CBT) refers to self-paced learning activities delivered on a computer or handheld device such as a tablet or smartphone. CBT initially delivered content via CD-ROM, and typically presented content linearly, much like reading an online book or manual. For this reason, CBT is often used to teach static processes, such as using software or completing mathematical equations. Computer-based training is conceptually similar to web-based training (WBT) which are delivered via Internet using a web browser.
Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) uses instructional methods designed to encourage or require students to work together on learning tasks. CSCL is similar in concept to the terminology, "e-learning 2.0" and "networked collaborative learning" (NCL).