Useful Terms for Distance Learning
Asynchronous Learning: A process of learning that allows the student to learn
material at their own pace while physically being separate from their instructor.
Computer Based Training (CBT): A computer that provides instructional material
in lieu of classroom, practical or human taught experience. The material is
usually presented in the form of a CD-Rom, LAN or on the internet.
Continuing Education Curriculum (CEC): Courses that teach education to professionals
with the aim to keep them current in their chosen profession.
Correspondence Course: Refers to the good old fashioned snail mail way of
communicating. Institutions of Learning use written correspondence to interact
with their students.
Distance Learning: Distance learning is defined as a formal education process
where the majority of the instruction occurs when the instructor and student
are not in the same location. The process and are often separated by time.
Distance Training: A method of distance learning for professionals involved
in corporate universities or similar programs designed to provide employees
with education that assist meeting business objectives.
e-Learning: A process that facilitates education using a network (Internet,
LAN or WAN).
e-Learner: A student that uses e-learning to gain education
Instructor-led Training (ILT): Education conducted by an instructor in a physical
location or via e-learning.
Online Learning: e-learning specifically over the internet as opposed to other
Online Training: A reference to e-learning specifically over the internet
and typically used in conjunction with corporations or professionals.
Synchronous Learning: A process of learning where the student and instructor
interact simultaneously at given times. The traditional classroom approach
to learning is an example of synchronous learning.
Units: A designated amount of information in one subject that must be learned
before one can move on to the next subject area.
Virtual: Created, simulated, or carried on by means of a computer or computer
Web Based Training (WBT): A form of training that utilizes a network. WBT
is usually associated with professionals or corporations.
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