A. Glossary of Distance Learning Related Terms
A software program that allows a user to perform specific tasks like word processing, email, accounting, database management
Learning where people are not online at the same time and interaction does not occur without a time delay, allowing people to participate on their schedules. Examples include email, blogs, and discussion forums
The capacity of a communication channel to carry information. The greater the bandwidth, the faster the data transfer. The amount of data sent or received over any given time is limited by bandwidth.
A public web site where users post journals of their thoughts, beliefs and areas of interest. Blogs are typically updated frequently and reflect the views of the blog's creator.
Typically refers to cable internet service, satellite, or DSL. Broadband transmission is typically very fast and is able to simultaneously carry multiple signals.
The program that is used to view and access web pages. Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Apple Safari, and Netscape Navigator are some of the most widely used browsers.
A device that uses television lines to transmit data. Faster than telephone line (dial up) modems and approximately the same as DSL internet service.
A computer memory with very short access time used for storage of frequently or recently used instructions or data —called also cache memory. Frequently when web pages are stored in cache it may cause the website to display improperly. Users will be required to clear their cache files (temporary internet files) for the web page to display properly.
Steps to Clear Cache Files using Internet Explorer 7 (IE7):
- Click on the internet explorer icon on your desktop
- Click Tools
- Select Internet Options from the dropdown menu
- Locate the Browsing History section
- Click Delete
- Delete Temporary Internet Files
- Delete Cookies
- Delete History
Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that is provided by MGCCC to instructors and students. Canvas allows instructors to provide course content, assess learning, and communicate with students. Students can use Canvas to keep track of their course materials, submit assignments, communicate with classmates and the instructor, and check their grades.
CD-ROM (compact disk read-only memory)
An electronic data storage medium that uses optical technology for storing and playing back audio, video, text, and other information in digital form.
An online, real-time, two-way method of communication that uses text to send and receive instant messages.
A small text file placed on your hard by a web site to record information about you. When you return to the website, your computer serves up the "cookie" to the web site and previously recorded information such as your name, site login/password, preferences, shopping cart info, and more are passed along. The web page is then customized based on that information.
An Internet connection achieved through telephone lines using a modem.
A place where people can record their thoughts about specific topics. In online courses, instructors typically use discussion forums to foster interaction among students and to share thoughts on course related topics.
Education designed for delivery where students and instructors are not in the same physical location.
The process of transferring a file from a website or course site to your computer.
DSL (digital subscriber line)
An Internet access method for high-speed data transfer over telephone lines.
DVD (digital versatile disk)
An electronic data storage medium that uses optical technology for storing and playing back audio, video, text, and other information in digital form, but with far greater capacity than CDs.
Electronic learning that is accomplished over the Internet, a computer network, via CD-ROM, interactive TV, or satellite broadcast.
Electronic mail: a method of communicating that involves sending messages between two or more computers.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
A list of answers to questions that users regularly ask.
A computer that stores and manages files and software on a computer network
Specialized hardware or software designed to secure a computer or network from unauthorized access.
The opening page or main document that appears when you visit a web site usually contains links to other web pages.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
Computer code used to define how text and images are displayed in a web browser.
HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
An Internet application protocol used for exchanging information over the world wide web.
A hybrid course is one where there is a blending of the traditional on-campus course along with an online component. In this format a portion of the course will be completed online using the MGCCC Canvas and the remaining portion will be completed on campus.
Highlighted text in a web page that links the user to additional information on other pages.
Internet The global network of regional and local computer networks.
Hypertext that is usually underlined to indicate a pointer to additional related information.
The act of entering a username and password to gain access to another computer, application, web site, or file.
The act of disconnecting from another computer, application, web site, or file.
MOdulator/DEModulator, a device that converts digital signals to analog for transmission, and analog signals back to digital upon receipt.
A consortium of Mississippi's 15 community colleges that makes it possible for these colleges to leverage their distance learning resources -- including faculty, courses, support services, and technology. Through the MSVCC, students may take courses from community colleges anywhere in Mississippi while getting support services from a local college. To take a course from a remote (provider) college, a student enrolls at a local (host) community college. The host college supports the student with a full slate of student services, including advisement and counseling, financial aid, and learning resources. The host college awards credit for the course. The remote (provider) college provides the course instruction.
Etiquette on the Internet, basic rules that define how electronic messages should be written so that messages are interpreted in the manner in which they were intended.
A group of computers and devices that are connected to allow users to communicate and share information and resources.
Connected to the Internet or another computer.
Education or training that occurs where participants are typically not in the same physical location.
Software programs that enhance your browser and allow it to perform additional tasks such as playing audio, displaying video, and viewing documents as an integrated function of the browser.
Used as a noun for messages "posted" to discussion forums or blogs.
A computer with large storage capacity that serves out files, applications, and other resources.
A particular location in a learning management system (Canvas) where an instructor can provide content, assess learning, and communicate with students.
A collection of computer instructions compiled to enable computers to perform specific tasks; also called program or application.
Unsolicited or unwanted email.
A technique where media (audio, video, or both) are downloaded to the user's computer in a continuous stream and played upon arrival.
Learning where people are online at the same time and interaction occurs without a time delay (real-time) and which requires them to attend at specific times.
The act of transferring a file from your computer to another.
URL (uniform resource locator)
The address used to identify a web page or file on the Internet.
The area where students and instructors interact online. Example: Canvas
Web Enhanced Course
A web-enhanced course is one where the course meets in the traditional format on campus at all regularly scheduled meeting times. However, an online component is provided by the instructor as a resource or enhancement to course instruction.
An HTML file or document; part of a web site.
A group of related web pages that includes a home page.
WWW (World Wide Web)
As defined by the World Wide Web consortium, "The World Wide Web is the universe of network-accessible information, an embodiment of human knowledge." Alternatively, the web is the collection of users and resources on the Internet that use HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol).
WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get)
Computer text and graphics that will print exactly as they appear on the screen.
A file that has been reduced in size to allow faster transferring between computers, or to save storage space. To zip a file in Windows XP, right click on the name of the file and choose, Send to Compressed (zipped) Folder. To open a zipped file, double click on the zipped folder.
B. Characteristics of a Successful Online Student
- Self Motivated or Self-Directed
- Good Written Communication Skills
- Good Reading Skills / Enjoys Reading
- Ability to Manage Time Wisely
- Computer Access with Dependable Internet Access
- Perform the same level of performance/learning as in a face-to-face course
- Possess Basic Computer Knowledge:
- Create, Save, Manage Files
- Navigate the Internet
- Download Files
- Attach Files to Email Messages
- Save and Open Attachments
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