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Module 2: Vocabulary for Online Learning

These are some important words to know so that you can be successful in any kind of online learning. I have tried to write easy-to-understand definitions for these words.
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app
(n) a short word for application; a software program that you download and use on your cell phone
asynchronous
(adj) describes activities that are not happening at the same time
author
(n) someone who shares his or her writing with other people
bandwidth
(n) a way of describing how fast a computer can access information on the internet; usually measured in bits per second
blended learning
(n) a mix of in-class instruction and online learning
block
(n) a box with information in Moodle
blog
(n) a place to share writing online;
(v) to write on a blog
breadcrumb trail
(n) a list of links to pages that you have visited in a website; also called a path
browser
(n) software that lets your computer access the Internet; for example, Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox
case sensitive
(n) a login that can tell the difference between upper case (capital) and lower case (small) letters
chat
(n) informal online speech;
(v) to communicate informally online by typing
click
(v) to press on the top of the mouse with your finger
cloud
(n) an online space to store information, like videos, audio files, documents, etc. Google Drive and Dropbox are examples.
code
(n) letters, numbers, and symbols that make up instructions for computer programs
comment
(n) something you write in reply to what someone else has written online
(v) to reply to what someone else has written online
compose
(v) to write an online document such as an email, a discussion post, or a blog post
cookie
(n) a small piece information that is sent from a website to your browser
coursework
(n) work that 1) is a required part of your course and 2) you do outside of class. This is also known as asynchronous work.
credentials
(n) something that gives you authority to do something; for example, the username and password that you use to sign in to a website
cursor
(n) the small arrow that can be moved around on a computer screen with a mouse
dashboard
(n) a place where you can see all the things you can control, either in your car or on a website like Blogger
data
(n) 1) information, especially numbers and statistics; 2) internet access on your cell phone or tablet that you pay for through your Internet service provider (ISP)
desktop
(n) your computer screen with the icons and links that you see when you log in
device
(n) a tool that you can use for online learning, including computers, tablets, smart phones, headsets, microphones, and webcams
discussion board
(n) an online place to have a written conversation with other people; also known as a forum
double-click
(v) to press very quickly twice on the top left-hand corner of your mouse
download
(v) to move a file from the Internet to your computer
drag and drop
(v) a way to move something from one place to another on a computer screen using the mouse
drop-down menu
(n) choices that appear when you click on a small arrow pointing down
edit
(v) to check your writing for mistakes and make corrections
embed
(v) to put code for a video file from YouTube onto a website like a blog or a wiki
emoticons
(n) small images that show emotion, like happy faces or thumbs up
enable
(v) to allow or give permission for something to happen; to make it possible for something to happen
F2F
(adj / n) face-to-face class; in-class instruction
face-to-face
(adj / n) learning that takes place in the classroom with the teacher
file
(n) a single piece of digital information, like a Word document, a PDF document, a picture, a presentation, or an .mp3
Flash
(n) free downloadable software that allows you to see videos on your computer. Flash does not work on Apple devices.
folder
(n) a place to store several files together online
forum
(n) an asynchronous online discussion where people can read what someone else has written and then type a reply; also known as a discussion board
glossary
(n) a list of words or phrases with their meaning; similar to a dictionary
hardware
(n) a device such as a computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone
home page
(n) the first page of any website; also known as the landing page
homework
(n) in a face-face class, extra work that your teacher assigns or that you may not finish in class and have to finish at home
hover
(v) to hold your mouse cursor over something on the screen without actually clicking
HTML
(n) HyperText Markup Language is the code that tells a computer what to display
hybrid learning
(n) another name for blended learning; a mix of two different kinds of learning
hyperlink
(n) words or an image that you click to go to another website or another place online;
(v) to connect to another website or another place online
icon
(n) an image or a symbol that represents a tool, a function, or a file
in-class instruction
(n) regular classes where the teacher and the students are in the same room working together
internet
(n) also called the World Wide Web (www); a network connecting computers, people, and information around the world
ISP
(n) Internet Service Provider; the company that you pay to have Internet in your home
launch
(v) to start a computer program
learning activities
(n) any tasks or work you do to help your learning
left-click
(v) to press quickly on the top left-hand corner of your mouse
link
(n) a short form of hyperlink, a link to a website or a place online;
(v) to connect two webpages together
LMS
(n) a learning management system is a place to find all the information you may need about your course. Moodle is an example of an LMS.
log in
(v) to use your credentials (username and password) to get access to a website; usually spelled as two words
login
(n) the place or the action of using your credentials (username and pasword) to get access to a website; usually spelled as one word
log out
(v) to sign out of a website
maximize
(v) to click on a button to make your page fill all or part of your computer screen
media
(n) video or audio files that you can play online
minimize
(v) to click on a button on your screen to push your page to the bottom of the screen
mobile learning
(n) learning that happens on your cell phone (your mobile phone)
mouse
(n) a tool used to move the cursor on the screen and to make choices
mute
(v) to stop the sound on an audio device or media player
navigate
(v) to find your way around the various parts of a website
netiquette
(n) the polite or acceptable way to behave online; from the words net (internet) and etiquette
offline
(adj) when you are using your computer but not using the Internet
online
(adj) when you are using the Internet to do tasks on your computer
online learning
(n) learning using the Internet
password
(n) a secret word (or a mix of letters, numbers and symbols) that only you know and that allows you to log in to a computer or website
PDF (Portable Document Format)
(n) a kind of file that can be read by anyone, no matter what word-processing program they use
podcast
(n) an audio file (a sound file) that you can download or listen to online
pop-up
(n) a small window that opens when you click on a hyperlink
post
(v) to write on a blog or a discussion board;
(n) what you have written on a blog or a discussion board
profile
(n) information (words and maybe a picture) about yourself for a website that you belong to
publish
(v) to send your writing so it appears on a blog or other website
QR code
(n) Quick Response Code; a kind of barcode that has many uses, including storing the address of a website
reload
(v) to start a computer program over again; to refresh a webpage
reply
(n) an answer to a post or comment made by someone else on a website;
(v) to answer to a post or a comment on a website
right-click
(v) to press quickly on the top right-hand corner of your mouse
screencast
(n) a short video recording in which you can see a computer screen and hear someone talking about what you see
screenshot
(n) a picture of what is on your computer screen; also called a screen grab or a screen snip
scroll
(v) to use the mouse wheel or the scroll bar (or your finger, on a touch device) to move the information on a computer screen up or down
search engine
(n) a software program that searches for information on the Internet; for example, Google, Bing, and Yahoo
server
(n) a computer that may be located in another city or another country and that stores and serves information to clients
share
(v) to allow someone access to your files, folders, or other information online
site
(n) a short form of the word website
software
(n) the programs and applications used by a digital device
spell check
(n) a tool that checks to see if there are any spelling mistakes in an online document
synchronous
(adj) describes events that happen at the same time
tab
(v) to make your computer pointer (or cursor) move to a different area by using the Tab key, without pressing enter or using the mouse
(n) a second or additional page that can be opened in a web browser without closing the first window
toolbar
(n) a section of a computer screen (usually at the top of the screen) that has buttons and icons
transcript
(n) a typed document with all the words from an audio or video file
troubleshoot
(v) to find the cause of a problem and fix it
upload
(v) to move a file from your computer to a website
URL
(n) a web address
username
(n) a word, number, or email address that you use instead of your name to log onto a website
virtual
(adj) describes something that exists only on a computer or the Internet
webinar
(n) an online class (from the words "web" and "seminar"); a synchronous session in an online or blended course; a virtual classroom
whiteboard
(n) a white screen that you can draw or type on in a webinar
Wi-Fi
(n) a wireless network that you can use to access the Internet
wiki
(n) an easy-to-use website that can be shared with other people
window
(n) a box or a frame that contains what you see on your computer screen
WYSIWYG
(adj) describes a type of online writing, where "What You See Is What You Get". Your text will look the same when you post it as it did when you typed it.