There are many new words wandering around in this field of education and training that elearning will soon need its own dictionary. We thought it would be useful to provide an intro to many of the most commonly discussed terms, so here they are from 0 to 9 and A to Z…
One of the key benefits of elearning is the ability to make the learning experience available anytime and anywhere – often suiting hard-to-reach learners and the training of staff outside of the workday.
A model for Learning and Development where 70% of learning is experiential (sometimes known as ‘on-the-job training’), 20% is through others (peer-to-peer or social learning) and 10% is from formal coursework and training. This a broad, research-based framework for facilitating optimal learning.
Often refers to a characteristic of technology that enables people with impairments or disabilities to use it. For example, accessible online materials can be navigated by people with visual, hearing, motor, or cognitive impairments. Accessible design also benefits people with older or slower software and hardware, while eLearning by its very nature enhances accessibility of learning content for remote learners or those who are unavailable during standard education / training schedules.
Application Programming Interface. An interface for letting a program communicate with another program. In web terms: an interface for letting web browsers or web servers communicate with other programs.
System-based solutions used to systematically evaluate a learner’s skill or knowledge level. With the growth of eLearning has come the need for remote invigilation of exams and systems to facilitate this process.
If learners study online training courses at different times, the process is known as asynchronous learning. This freedom to learn without the time limits of the traditional classroom environment is one of the key elearning benefits. Asynchronous learning is a learner-centric way of delivering training, allowing study anytime and anywhere.