Thursday, June 30, 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.

Online: The state in which a computer is connected to another computer or server

via a network. A computer communicating with another computer.

Origination site: The location from which a teleconference originates.

Podcast: A method of publishing audio files or digital recordings to the internet for

download and/or playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The generally

accepted definition has expanded to include video as well (Vidcast or Vodcast.)

Real-time communication: Communication in which information is received at (or

nearly at) the instant it's sent. Real-time communication is a characteristic of

synchronous learning.

Receive site: A location that can receive transmissions from another site for

distance learning.

Self-paced learning: An offering in which the learner determines the pace and

timing of content delivery.

Synchronous learning: A real-time, instructor-led online learning event in which all

participants are logged on at the same time and communicate directly with each

other. In this virtual classroom setting, the instructor maintains control of the class,

with the ability to "call on" participants. In most platforms, students and teachers

can use a whiteboard to see work in progress and share knowledge. Interaction may

also occur via audio- or videoconferencing, Internet telephony, or two-way live


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