One of the great benefits of eLearning is that it allows people to circumnavigate barriers to knowledge. These barriers may be geographical, physical, health related and socio-economic.
The classroom may also be in itself a barrier to capturing out of school learning. Informal “not-school” learning or learning that takes place outside of traditional school environments yet can have a powerful affect on a child’s development and can support academic success. There is often a socio-economic divide here with better of parents able to spend more on after school activities for their children to expose them to enriching experiences.
Research into how children experience life online during and after school is being undertaken by the Connected Learning Research Network under the Digital Edge project to try and capture what other ways learning in a child’s life can be captured and evidenced.