Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Source: Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association DISTANCE LEARNING TERMINOLOGY: A WORKING LIST. Originally Prepared by Kristen Hamilton, DE CLE / Source: ASTD E-Learning Glossary www.learningcircuits.org/glossary.html Updated January, 2007.

The information that follows comes directly from the resource cited above. It is being reprinted as a means to provide common-ground as we use terminology on campuses and in conversation speaking about online or hybrid learning. This terminology working list will be printed in five posts this week whereby each post will include seven terms.

CoD (Content on demand): Delivery of an offering, packaged in a media format,

anywhere, anytime via a network. Variants include audio on demand and video on


Connect time: The amount of time that a terminal or computer has been logged on

to a computer or server for a particular session.

Cookie: Information stored on a user's computer after he or she visits a Website.

The cookie tracks data about that user but can be disabled in the browser.

Delivery: Any method of transferring content to learners, including instructor-led

training, Web-based training, CD-ROM, books, and more.

Discussion boards: Forums on the Internet or an intranet where users can post

messages for others to read.

Distance Learning: Educational situation in which the instructor and students are

separated by time, location, or both. Education or training courses are delivered to

remote locations via synchronous or asynchronous means of instruction, including

written correspondence, text, graphics, audio- and videotape, CD-ROM, online

learning, audio- and videoconferencing, interactive TV, and FAX.

End user: The person for whom a particular technology is designed; the individual

who uses the technology for its designated purpose. In distance learning, the end

user is usually the student.

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