the e-learning market


1.1 Definition and presentation

E-learning, or digital learning, is a learning method based on online learning resources and content. E-learning is used in personal and/or professional training contexts.

There are three main categories of e-learning:

  • MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are generally free open access courses, at the end of which the public can obtain certification.
  • SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) are similar to MOOCs but have a fee, indeed their access is limited to specific users, such as university students. They can also be used to obtain certification.
  • COOCs (Corporate Open Online Courses) are used by companies to train employees and collaborators.

E-learning is linked to the vocational training and education sectors. The methodology democratizes access to training, because it allows flexibility in education, and access to all users with an Internet connection, regardless of their location.

In Italy, e-learning is expanding, with a progressive shift away from the mentality of frontal lessons alone. An increasing number of companies and universities are incorporating this organizational model into their offer, following the growing demand of both young and adult people. 

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