The Gemological Institute of America has announced a new online multimedia format for its distance learning courses in gemology and jewelry sales. The format, called “eLearning,” features video for demonstrations, interviews with experts, instructor lectures, and “see it for yourself” segments. Donna Baker, GIA president and chief executive officer, said the program uses the latest Web-based applications to integrate text and images with video, audio, slideshows, animations, and interviews. GIA plans to extend eLearning to all its distance education courses For information, call (800) 421-4250, ext. 4001. To see a demonstration of the eLearning system, visit www.gia.edu/elearning.