Wednesday, June 29, 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 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.

Fully interactive video (two-way interactive video): Two sites interacting with

audio and video.

ILT (instructor-led training): Usually refers to traditional classroom training, in

which an instructor teaches a course to a room of learners. The term is used

synonymously with on-site training and classroom training.

Internet-based training: Training delivered primarily by TCP/IP network

technologies such as email, newsgroups, proprietary applications, and so forth.

Although the term is often used synonymously with Web-based training, Internetbased

training is not necessarily delivered over the World Wide Web, and may not

use the HTTP and HTML technologies that make Web-based training possible.

Microwave: Electromagnetic waves that travel in a straight line and are used to and

from satellites and for short distances up to 30 miles.

Modular: E-learning that's made up of standardized units that can be separated

from each other and rearranged or reused.

Multicasting: The transmission of information to more than one recipient. For

example, sending an email message to a list of people. Teleconferencing and

videoconferencing can also use multicasting.

Multimedia: Encompasses interactive text, images, sound, and color. Multimedia

can be anything from a simple PowerPoint slide slow to a complex interactive


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