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This deck of vocabulary aligns with definitions found in readings for my Introduction to Online Teaching class.

Asynchronous Learning

Communication exchanges which occur in elapsed time between two or more people. Examples are email, online discussion forums, message boards, blogs, podcasts, etc.

AUP (Acceptable Use Policy)

A policy that outlines the responsibilities of students, teachers, staff, and others as they use the computers, software applications, and Internet when using school or district computers or Internet connections. AUP's also outline the consequences for failure to adhere to this policy.

Blended Learning

Blended learning is any time a student learns at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and at least in part through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; often used synonymously with Hybrid Learning.


As a noun, a website or section of website used for expressing ideas and opinions of users in multiple modalities, often maintained by one leader. As a verb, maintaining or adding content to an ongoing asynchronous discussion housed at a target website.


A website or part of a website or an online service that offers communities a synchronous venue for discussing specific topics.

Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI)

The use of educational software to enhance the mastering of educational concepts or standards without the involvement of a teacher.

Course Management System (CMS)

The technology platform through which online courses are offered. A CMS includes software for the creation and editing of course content, communication, tools, assessment tools, and other features designed to enhance access and ease of use.

Distance Learning

General term for any type of educational activity in which the participants are at a distance from each other --in other words, are separated in space. They may or may not be separated in time.


A formally constituted organization (public, private, state, charter, etc.) that offers full-time education delivered primarily over the Internet; term often used synonymously with the terms "Virtual school" "Online school", and "Cyber school" in some state policy.

Home-grown content

Content developed by a teacher, school, or district for use in instruction, as compared to content developed by outside companies or other vendors.

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