We are providing a glossary of Distance Education Terms.
If you want a glossary of terms about the technologies used in distance education first connect to the International Teleconferencing Association site: Glossaries of Technological Terms (URL: http://www.itca.org/resources_ITCA/framesettest.html)
Besides providing its own glossary, ITA provides hotlinks to other technology related glossaries.
Another good technology glossary is: Glossaries of Learning Technologies Terms ( URL: http://olt-bta.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/learning/glosse.html). This site provides links to resources in both English and French.
Glossary of Distance Education Terms
- Distance education:
- Teaching and learning in which learning normally occurs in a different place from teaching.
- Distance learning:
- Term often used as synonymous with distance education, not strictly correctly since distance education includes teaching as well as learning.
- Distance education courses:
- Structured programs of instruction for learners in a different place from the teacher, having learning objectives, one or more teachers, a medium of communication, and subject matter.
- Distance education system:
- All the component processes that result in distance education, including learning, teaching, communication, design, and management
- Distance education Institution:
- College, university or school system organized exclusively for distance education.
- Distance education Unit:
- A special unit dedicated to distance learning within a conventional college, university or school system
- Distance education Consortium:
- Two or more distance education institutions or units who share in designing distance education courses, teaching them, or both.
- Distance education Program:
- Distance education provided by same staff of a conventional college, university, school system, or training department whose primary responsibilities are classroom instruction.
- Course design:
- Setting learning objectives, chosing media applications, planning evaluation and preparing instructional strategies in advance of student recruitment.
- Course team:
- Group of specialists in content, instructional design, learning and technologies convened to produce distance education course.
- Mechanisms for distributing messages, including postal systems, radio and television broadcasting companies, telephone, satellite and computer networks.
- Messages that are distributed through the technologies, principally text in books, study guides and computer networks; sound in audio-tapes and broadcast: pictures in video-tapes and broadcast; text, sound and/or pictures in a teleconference.
- Exchange of information, ideas, opinions between and among learners and teachers, usually occurring through technology with the aim of facilitating learning.
- Instructors (also tutors):
- Specialists in learning who interact through technology with students as they learn content, usually designed by course team, though quite often by the instructors themselves.
- Specialists in learning who help individual students with academic or personal problems that interfere with learning.
- Work produced by students and used by instructors for purposes of interaction and also evaluation.
- Economies of scale:
- Effect on unit cost of producing large quantities. In distance education the larger the number of users of a course or the larger the number of users of the system, the lower the cost for each person.