Useful E-Learning Terms
There are many terms
associated with e-learning. Here are a few you will want to know:
Communication mode in
which the time of actual interaction is different. The sender and receiver do
not communicate at the same time. E-mail and snail-mail communication are
examples of asynchronous communication.
A web log. A blog is a
shared online journal where people can post diary entries about their personal
experiences, views, ideas, and hobbies.
Software that enables
users to access and display files from the World Wide Web. Microsoft Internet
Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome are the most widely used browsers.
A place on the
Internet, which revolves around a common theme; an assembly of documents or
notes about a given topic on the Internet. Users are drawn because of their
Also electronic mail,
email, or e-mail. The system whereby messages are automatically passed from one
computer user to another through computer networks. You will need to have
access to and know how to use email before you begin an online course at
Web Browser software
developed by Microsoft.
Provider, a service, for example AOL, Earthlink, or Comcast, needed by users
who are going to access the Internet from home or work.
LAN (Local Area
A computer network
which spans a local area such as a campus. Computers at BCCC's Liberty, Harbor
and RPC centers are connected to the Internet via a LAN.
A subscription service
on the Internet. Users subscribe (almost always for free) to a listserv of
interest and the service delivers documents into the user's email account on a
regular basis. As in bulletin board, the documents share some common themes.
Maryland OnLine (MOL)
A partnership among
various Maryland four-year institutions and community colleges that promotes
access to classes which are delivered asynchronously, mostly online. See www.marylandonline.org for more details.
Multimedia refers to the presentation of information and instruction through a
combination of graphics, audio, text, or video. Multimedia instruction is often
Any process in which
there is virtually no delay between events. Asking a question during a
classroom discussion is done in real-time. Responding back to an earlier email
is not. However, a virtual discussion group or whiteboard are synchronous and
done in real-time.
describing communication mode which take places at the same time for all
parties involved. An example of synchronous communication is the telephone,
instant messaging systems, or webinars.
A form of asynchronous
discussion on the Web whereby one user posts a message or a document, and other
users see it and respond to it in their own time. In the Canvas course
management system, the threaded discussion is called Discussions.
Locator. An address on the World Wide Web. Example: The URL for Google is http://www.google.com.
A location on the
World Wide Web, identified by a URL, which contains a block of data.
Online Classes that
are delivered primarily, or completely, through the World Wide Web.
Instructional tools in this format include, but are not limited to,
conferencing, chat, email, uploading and downloading assignments, whiteboarding,
classroom management, security, hyperlinks, video and audio clips, online
Classes in which the
World Wide Web is used as a component to assist delivery of the course;
typically mixed with other delivery methods. At BCCC, many courses are
web-enhanced and will have expectations of guiding learning activities through
A webinar is a seminar
or workshop in which the facilitator and participants view the same screen at
the same time. Usually the webinar has an audio component that the facilitator
controls and functionality that allows participants to chat by entering text,
answering polls, raising their hands and asking questions.
"Wiki is a type
of website that allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit
all content, very quickly and easily, sometimes without the need for
registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective
tool for collaborative writing. The term wiki is a
shortened form of wiki wiki which is from the native language
ofHawaii (Hawaiian), where it is commonly used as an adjective.
Extracted from the
Internet on April 27, 2006 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki to denote something 'quick' or 'fast.'
A device in an online
class which allows the instructor and students to diagram or draw, in real
time, and the others who are online can see the design; good for math and
World Wide Web
information retrieval system in which documents formatted in Hypertext Markup Language
(HTML) are linked via Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to other documents, as
well as audio, video, and graphics files. By using a web browser and clicking
on hot spots, computers are connected across the Internet
TwitterA way of communicating in small (no more than 140 characters) pieces of
information through a Twitter account. Each piece of communication is
called a tweet. Other people may be subscribed to your Twitter account
and receive information automatically.
RSS FeedReal Simple Syndication is a subscription to an online site (such as
Baltimore Sun, New York Times, or Slate Magazine) that refreshes itself
automatically on the end user's site to bring current headlines.