Frequently Used Terms in Distance Learning

As a distance learner, you’ll encounter some new terms and words. The following list and definitions may help you.

Asynchronous
Students communicate with each other or their instructor “off time,” such as through email or discussion boards.
Chat Room
The Chat Room feature allows students to communicate with each other and the instructor synchronously, in “real time.”
Discussion Board
The Discussion Board feature allows students to communicate with each other and the instructor asynchronously, or at “off times” from each other.
Email
Electronic mail or email is a message sent to one person or many via a computer. Messages are sent and viewed at the user’s convenience.
Gradebook
The gradebook feature allows students to check their grades and chart their progress. Grades are automatically recorded in the student’s gradebook after a quiz or exam has been submitted, but grades may not be recorded immediately if the instructor needs to manually grade an assignment or exam.
Syllabus
A syllabus is a document reflecting course expectations, requirements, and learning tasks.
Synchronous
Students communicate with each other and their instructor in “real time,” such as in an on-campus classroom or in a chat room.
URL
Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is the address or location of a web site. For instance, the URL for Distance Learning is www.mchenry.edu/online