Online learning involves courses offered by postsecondary institutions that are 100% virtual, excluding (MOOCs). Online learning, or virtual classes offered over the internet, is contrasted with traditional courses taken in a brick-and-mortar school building.It is the newest development in that began in the mid-1990s with the spread of the internet and the World wide web. Learner experience is typically asynchronous, but may also incorporate synchronous elements. The vast majority of institutions utilize a Learning Management System for the administration of online courses. As theories of distance education evolve, digital technologies to support learning and pedagogy continue to transform as well.
The well-known educational theorist argued that learning occurs in collaboration with knowledgeable others. Similarly, psychologist noted that in order for learning to occur, the content must be meaningful to the student. constructivist theory of learning highlighted the importance of engaged learning where meaningful discussions were held between peers.