Tuesday, June 12, 2012

E-Learning in permanent decline?

Ever since Google treated e-learning and elearning as different words there has been debate about using the terms and which we should agree upon. There are also those who argue for dropping the 'e' altogether but let's not go there for now.

In a post from 2007 Tony Karrer did a quick review on Google insights and found that e-learning was the preferred term search term but that elearning was catching up. You can see his original post here http://elearningtech.blogspot.co.uk/2007/05/is-it-e-learning-or-elearning.html

I had a quick look today and e-learning has continued declining, while at the same time elearning has continued to be adopted. Elearning is now the more common usage, even in the UK where hyphens were popular. This might in part be due to a preference in this age of Twitter to shorten everything. The trends though are very clear from the graph below: e-learning is blue - elearning is red



Maybe now is the time to drop the hyphen and standardize or standardise on elearning.