In our busy daily life, there are a large number of people who want to pursue higher education, but lack the time or separated by distance or other circumstances intervening between them and their dream of completing their education. To accommodate the needs of these people, the higher educational institution started to offer distance education programs including e-learning. In this article. An analysis of the literature was conducted to identify the different approaches implemented in designing the database for an e-learning system. The findings of the analysis suggest that there are four main trends when designing a database for the e-learning system: i) The System Requirement. ii) The SCORM Standards. iii) Technology-based. iv) Content-based.
Database Design, Distance Education, E-learning System, Higher Education, SCORM Standards.