E-learning continues to generate waves of new technologies, terms and definitions. Here is our guide to its vibrant vocabulary
(Aviation Industry Computer Based Training Committee)
An organisation that is developing standards for e-learning companies to follow. The standards will enable you to run courses and content from many different publishers on various Learning Management Systems (LMS).
(Application Service Provider)
The ASP model or “hosted service” involves you “renting” a software application (a Learning Management System, for example) and the hardware it runs on from an external company, rather than installing it and managing it on your internal IT systems. Users access the hosted system using a standard Internet connection and browser.
Learning activity that does not require you to be in a specific place at a specific time such as self-paced courses. Asynchronous collaboration involves person-to-person interaction with a time delay using tools such as e-mail and threaded discussion boards.
Software that enables authors to design and develop learning content and courseware. Many provide elements of instructional design and most use template-based tools to help authors structure learning materials quickly.
Learning content developed to address a specific learning need that published or off-the-shelf materials cannot closely address.
A learning solution that combines and integrates classroom-based training with additional e-learning components to address a specific learning requirement. For example, a blended solution may use pre- and post-online assessments to support an instructor-led workshop.
Broadband technologies, such as ADSL and cable, enable you to download content from the Internet at very high speeds and provide a continuous online connection. Broadband enables authors to increase the use of rich multimedia in e-learning content design.
(Computer Based Training)
A broad definition relating to training materials accessed using a computer. A more current definition relates to tra