E-Learning — Frequently Asked Questions

Jun 16, 2017

14 Most Popular E-Learning Terms Everyone Should Know

Over the last few decades, E-Learning has become a bona fide industry with its own ecosystem of vendors, programs, and methodologies. New concepts have sprang up to make the life of instructional designers easier. However, for someone new to the industry, learning the ropes without the knowledge of the different terms can be an uphill battle. To help them with this challenge, we created a FAQ listing the most common online education terms and concepts and their definitions.

What is Distance Learning?

Distance Learning - a method for teaching remotely, without the need for face to face contact between the teacher and the learners. Unlike frontal learning, distance learning uses computers and the Internet to connect those who participate in the learning process. In addition, distance learning often means a lot of self-study.

What is Instructional Design?

Instructional Design - a field dealing with developing highly effective and engaging learning methods that can be used in professional education.

What is Knowledge Management?

Knowledge Management - a process of identifying, retaining, and exchanging shared knowledge aimed at raising the effectiveness of the organization. Knowledge management focuses on four main areas: knowledge creation, knowledge preservation, knowledge transfer and exchange, and knowledge application.

What is an E-Learning Course?

E-Learning Course - a combination of text and multimedia content presented in sequence and meant for consumption via a computer or a tablet. The E-Learning format is often used for self-study or distance learning.

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What is Authoring Tool?

Authoring Tool - a tool for building E-Learning courses. Authoring Tools enable people with no coding experience to create interactive multimedia courses that appear professional. Courses built with an Authoring Tool can be exported into a number of industry standard formats and published online with the help of a Learning Management System.

What is ADDIE?

ADDIE - a methodology widely used in the creation of E-Learning courses. It consists of five stages: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. The ADDIE model has won widespread popularity because it is simple to use, flexible, adaptable and can be easily learned by E-Learning specialists and non-professionals alike.

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What is Adaptive Learning?

Adaptive Learning - a learner-centered educational model that focuses on the learner’s knowledge and skills. Courses built according to the model’s guidelines adapt to the learner’s current degree of competence. The way a learner progresses through a course created with adaptive learning in mind changes depending on his actions and on whether he answers the questions correctly. This way, adaptive learning helps to tailor the educational process to an individual learner’s needs.

What is Learning Management System?

Learning Management System (LMS) - a platform for publishing, distributing and managing learning materials that offers the ability to manage users and track their progress. A Learning Management System allows hosting E-Learning courses, track learners’ statistics, issue digital certificates and generate reports based on the gathered information.

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What is SCORM?

SCORM - a standard for learning management systems that governs the way learning materials are organized. It is used to ensure that courses are compatible with different LMSes and to reuse course components.

What is Assessment Tool?

Assessment Tool - a tool for creating questions and tests in the E-Learning format. An Assessment Tool can be supplied as a part of a Learning Management System or an Authoring Tool, or be purchased separately as a standalone product.

What is Storyboarding?

Storyboarding - the process of mapping out a course via schematic representation of its main parts. A storyboard makes it easier to review and approve the contents of a planned course within the organization and makes it much easier to change the structure of the course. Storyboards can be created using Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint, as well as with the help of a specialized software. Some Authoring Tools come with storyboarding tools out of the box.

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What is Mobile Learning?

Mobile Learning - professional distance learning carried out with the help of a smartphone or a tablet. The main advantage of Mobile Learning is that it allows learning anywhere, anytime, without requiring access to a desktop computer. Mobile Learning is also known as M-Learning.

What is Webinars?

Webinars (Web-based seminar) - an online meeting conducted over the Internet aimed at training people. Webinars, also known as web conferences or online seminars, are an integral part of synchronized distance learning.

What is Social Learning?

Social Learning - a professional education paradigm based on the employee's knowledge exchange and willingness to train each other. Social Learning advocates the creation of a mutual assistance network in the workplace. To ensure that Social Learning flourishes in an organization, the management have to spread among employees the values of knowledge sharing.