E-Learning: Confusing Terminology, Research Gaps and Inherent Challenges

Sarah Guri-Rosenblit
The Open University of Israel
saragu@openu.ac.il

BegoƱa Gros
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)
eLearn Center.
bgros@uoc.edu


Abstract
This article examines the problem of defining a broad conceptual theory for the applications of advanced technologies in educational settings, most particularly in higher education. The article starts by discussing the multiple and confusing meanings of e-learning in the relevant literature; it proceeds to examine the problem of putting learners in the center of the study process and exaggerating their self-directed abilities; it identifies noticeable gaps in e-learning research; and it concludes with an analysis of some inherent challenges embedded in both conducting meaningful research on advanced technologies in learning/teaching settings and in their actual implementation.