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, read our e-learning glossary’s first part. Here is the continuation:

Flipped classroom

The flipped classroom is an educational approach involving self-guided activities and assessments later reinforced in the school. A learner completes an online module, then meets with peers 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 thoroughly explore the topics when needed.

Mobile Learning (mLearning)

Mobile learning is an online learning approach that can be accessed via mobile devices. Nowadays, many learning activities, like online scenarios, viewing the interactive company manual, and podcasts, can be done through smartphones or tablets. Therefore, it gives the learners more flexibility and freedom, making them more likely to benefit from the eLearning experience. 


A 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 computer-assisted learning and includes online teaching material, educational software, and audio and visual materials. In addition, it mediates or supports an online course or module.


It is a course instructor who conducts online teaching in a student-centered environment and 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 learning. It allows learners to set their own learning goals, manage their knowledge, keep track of their progress, communicate with others in the learning process, and achieve learning objectives.

Streaming Media

Streaming media refers to audio and video content users can share and download. An Internet user does not have to wait for a video clip to download fully because it allows watching the hook 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 words you know with us in the comments below.



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