The term 'elearning' was coined by Jay Cross in 1999, and initially was a term used to describe learning that was delivered via a computer rather than in a classroom. Now, 'elearning' is more of an umbrella term that can be used to describe any learning involving a desktop computer/the web/smartphone/tablet, where that learning does not take place in the context of the face-to-face classroom. Note that elearning can be delivered synchronously (learning as the instructor/trainer is teaching it) or asynchronously (self-paced, at the learner's convenience)