Terms used in Distance Education


A school

   1.  has an administrative unit;
   2.  is a legal entity;
   3.  is a learning provider, imparting skills and knowledge
        to students;
   4.  is a provider of services within a community of learning;
   5.  is not simply a single home-based private educational
   6.  voluntarily subjects itself to peer review;
   7.  is responsible for the education provided in its name;
   8.  undertakes the assessment and continual improvement
their of its quality, giving particular emphasis to student
learn learning;
   9.  provides dynamic interaction between instructors and
and  students and among students;
 10.  provides more than just tutorial assistance to students;
 11.  grants credit.

Asynchronous - students and instructors are not
        meeting simultaneously. Instruction is delivered
        and students access it on their own time schedule.

Blended School - a school that has both face-to-face
        instrcution and distance education.

Distance Education - can be correspondence, online,
        satellite, or any modality in which the teacher and
        student are not in the same physical location.

Learning Service Provider - organization that develops
        and/or provides various types of learning services to
        schools, such as curricula, instrctional materials, and

Online Course Definition
        Fully-Online - at least 80% of course content
                 delivered online with few, in any, face-to-face
        Blended/Hybrid - 30-70% of course content delivered
                 online, blending face-to-face and online delivery.
        Web-facililitated - 1-29% of course content delivered
                 online. Uses web-based technologies to enhance
                 what is basically a face-to-face course.
                 (Sloan-C, K-12 Online Learning, 2007)

Third-party service provider - a professional organization
        engaged by a school to provide services for and in the
        name of the school to its students or staff.

Synchronous - instruction in real-time. All students
        participate at the same time.

Virtual Schools - all instruction is non-face-to-face, no brick
       and mortar classrooms.

Online glossary of terms (eLearners)