The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a national lock down that saw universities completely switch to online teaching and learning. Lecturers were ill prepared for a change of such magnitude. This study sought to investigate the views and experiences of lecturers’ use of electronic learning (eLearning) during the lock down. A qualitative research methodology was used in which lecturers from selected public South African universities were engaged. Study findings show that participants faced challenges when using eLearning. However, positive outcomes from the use of eLearning were noted. Even though participants appear to be warming up to the idea of using eLearning, study findings show that careful planning and channeling of the necessary resources remains important. Findings from this study can play a key role in influencing the design of eLearning technologies.