eLearning has changed the way we learn. This is especially true for adult learning, where every learner has a different schedule and motivation. Coupled with mobile learning, eLearning is more accessible than ever before. As with every major development their comes a whole new industry with its own nuances and jargon. This article serves to guide you through the basic components that make up corporate e-learning.

LMS vs eLearning

eLearning is broken down into two major components, namely the Learning Management System (LMS) and the eLearning content. The LMS facilities your system’s functionality and plays a pivotal role in how the eLearning content is accessed, monitored and performing. The LMS is responsible for all the additional interaction the student would have outside of the content, including elements like Gamification, student progress, certificates and so on.


Gamification applies game design theory to eLearning to increase learner motivation. There are multiple personality types, which means you need to employ a comprehensive Gamification plan to ensure you appeal to every learner. Examples of Gamification: Collectable badges, leaderboards for learners to compete, discussion forums where learners earn points for participation.

Authoring Tool

The dynamic and interactive nature of eLearning gives it many advantages over traditional learning. This can be attributed to the Authoring Tool used to produce the elearning, which provides the developer with functionality to create student learning interactions using various mediums of content. The authoring tool also ensures your content is produced in the correct format (SCORM) to be able to plug into the Learner Management System.


Shareable Content Object Reference Model or SCORM is an eLearning format that allows the student’s interaction with the content to be tracked and monitored by the eLearning platform or LMS. The SCORM format includes a media player which can be configured through the Authoring Tool.

Instructional Design

In order to produce effective eLearning content, the developer needs to follow Instructional Design methodologies to ensure the learner advances through their learning outcomes competently. There are multiple learning methodologies, principles and theory, each with an ideal application based on your skills development goals and learning strategy.

Elearning has developed in leaps and bounds, as businesses grow with an ever-demanding digital environment. With such advances in technology, there is more of an emphasis on skills development than ever before. Elearning has changed distance learning forever by making it more accessible and effective, whilst bringing the latest technology to the forefront of our learning experiences.