Glossary of Terms
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
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
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)