Understanding Online Learning Terminology. Part II

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With traditional learning switching to online forms, it is vital to expand your e-learning vocabulary. It can help increase productivity, gain a competitive advantage in the workplace and be more successful in school. If you haven’t done so yet, read the first part of our e-learning glossary. Here is the continuation:

Flipped classroom

Flipped classroom is an educational approach that involves self-guided activities andassessmentsthat are later reinforced in the classroom. A learner completes an online module, then meets with their peers in person to address their questions and concerns. Most of the activities in the flipped classroom are done online and face-to-face instruction is used to elaborate and fully explore the topics when needed.

Mobile Learning (mLearning)

Mobile learning refers to an online learning approach that can be accessed via mobile devices. Nowadays, a lot of learning activities, like online scenarios, viewing the interactive company manual, and listening to a podcast, can be done through smartphones or tablets. It gives the learners more flexibility and freedom, and they are more likely to benefit from the eLearning experience. 


Storyboard is a short document at the beginning of an eLearning project that highlights every eLearning course design element, from the learning goals and objectives to the specific eLearning activities. It provides a visual guideline for a learner.


Courseware is software designed for use in computer-assisted learning and includes online teaching material, educational software, audio and visual materials. It mediates or supports an online course or module.


It is a course instructor who conducts online teaching in a student-centered environment, mediates and supports the online learning process.

Personal Learning Environment (PLE)

 Personal Learning Environments are systems that help learners be in charge of and control their own learning. It helps learners set their own learning goals, manage their learning, keep track of their progress, communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals.

Streaming Media

Streaming media refers to audio and video content that can be shared among users and downloaded. An Internet user does not have to wait for a video clip to download fully because it allows watching the clip as the footage downloads.

Course Catalog

It is a collection of courses available to learners at any given time. Some course catalogs are public, such as those in Udemy and edX, and are accessible to everyone. While others are private, such as a company’s new hire onboarding course, and are designed for a specific audience with restricted access.

These and many more terms and abbreviations are frequently used in the e-learning industry. Share the terms you know with us in the comments below.

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