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Conducting a foundation level university engineering course poses several challenges due to large enrolments and varying background of students. Classes are typically large, and conducted in lecture theatres thus limiting the amount of interaction and discussion among the students and with the lecturer, and lack of flexibility in class activities. This paper presents an e-learning approach that was implemented in teaching a first year electrical engineering course with an average class size of 450, and incorporated extensive use of web-based activities, videos and animations for explaining fundamental principles using examples, scenarios and practical applications that students could relate to. These components complemented the regular lectures and tutorials, and enabled the students more flexibility in learning and understanding the topics covered. Student feedback data obtained over eight consecutive semesters showed that students found the overall learning process to be more effective and enjoyable, and displayed better understanding of course content as demonstrated through various assessment tasks.