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Top 12 e learning phrases to get started!


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The world of eLearning is littered with jargon and acronyms, the Nine Lanterns Top 12 eLearning Phrases will help you understand the different terminology to help you get started in eLearning.

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Top 12 e learning phrases to get started!

  1. 1. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started! Nine Lanterns appreciates that there is a lot of strange lingo associated with eLearning. Our ‘Top 12 eLearning Terms to Get Started’ aims to take the mystery out of all the technical jargon and pesky acronyms!
  2. 2. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 1. Authoring Tool An Authoring Tool is basically a tool that would enable anyone to develop eLearning (probably after a small amount of training with the tool, although most are quite intuitive). There are copious amounts of eLearning Authoring Tools on the market, the majority are available for a license fee - you may have heard of popular ones such as Articulate, Captivate or Lectora. Most companies are steering away from the use of Flash in favour of using a HTML5 tool to enable courses to be used on a variety of devices.
  3. 3. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 2. Bespoke eLearning Bespoke eLearning is a course or series of modules, tools and/or assessments that have been designed and written specifically for your organisation by an Instructional Designer, more often than not with input from a Subject Matter Expert (this could be someone from within, or outwith, your organisation). Bespoke eLearning often has great results because the content and any assessments are tailored for each organisation and is specifically relevant for the individual undertaking the online training.
  4. 4. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 3. Blended Learning Blended Learning is a term used when learning comprises of several methods possibly including eLearning, Face-to-Face training, podcasts, webinars, social learning etc. Quite often one or more other forms of training will supplement an eLearning course to either pre-empt an eLearning course, check the users understanding of the eLearning or simply just as ongoing learning. A popular framework of blended learning is the 70:20:10 Framework. Charles Jennings founded the 70:20:10 Forum to extend the reach and use of the framework.
  5. 5. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 4. Compliance Training ELearning can be written about pretty much any subject, however, many organisations use it initially for their compliance training, the reason being that they can track it in their LMS and maintain their audit trail i.e. they are able to show which employees did what training and when, even the results of any assessments the employee undertook. Compliance training generally covers topics such as Workplace Health and Safety, Bullying and Harassment, Consumer Law, and Privacy, although there is a wide range on the market. It is possible to purchase compliance training ‘off-the- shelf’ or have bespoke modules made for your organisation. If you do purchase courses off-the-shelf, it means the vendor will be responsible for updating the course in line with any changes to legislation, meaning that your compliance training will always be up-to-date.
  6. 6. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 5. ELearning The Oxford dictionary defines eLearning as: ‘Learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet’. Elearning can therefore consist of the traditional online learning course/module, or can take into account videos, webinars, podcasts, online document repositories, forums, polls, surveys. These can be accessed and tracked via an LMS.
  7. 7. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 6. Gamification In short, ‘gamification is the use of gameplay mechanics for non-game applications’, i.e. ‘game mechanics are the construct of rules that encourage users to explore and learn the properties of their possibility space through the use of feedback mechanisms’ [i]. Gamification and 3D graphics are generally the high end of eLearning and of course the most costly due to the intense graphics work involved. However, for some organisations they work very well.
  8. 8. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 7. Instructional Designer (I.D.) An Instructional Designer is probably the most integral part of eLearning development. They are highly skilled writers, able to write an eLearning module around a set a learning objectives, using information from a variety of sources, (including an SME), whilst integrating appropriate interactivity to engage learners. Whilst any Joe Blogs can write content, it is the Instructional Designer’s job to ensure that the most relevant points are absorbed by the learner, in order to achieve a change in behaviours.
  9. 9. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 8. Learning Management System (LMS) ‘A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses or training programs’. Source: Wikipedia. LMS systems can be fully-hosted (often in ‘the cloud’) or self-hosted and the theming can usually be customised for your organisation should you so wish. Many LMS systems are customisable for your business processes and can often be integrated with other HR systems such as the payroll system. This means that
  10. 10. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 9. Off-the-Shelf Many eLearning companies will offer a variety of courses that have been pre-built and ready to be loaded onto your LMS. Alternatively, they may be able to host the courses for you on an LMS they can provide. Vendors will often charge a per-seat license fee which generally covers the cost of updating the course – particularly with regards to compliance courses which need to stay up-to-date with legislation. With some off-the-shelf courses you will have the choice as to whether or not you take the course ‘as is’ or customise it with your branding – you may even be able to change the content so it is more in line with your organisations culture/policies and employees can relate to it more.
  11. 11. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 10. SCORM Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a collection of standards and specifications for web-based eLearning. It defines communications between client side content and a host system (called "the run-time environment"), which is commonly supported by a learning management system. SCORM also defines how content may be packaged into a transferable ZIP file called "Package Interchange Format.“* SCORM is the most widely used eLearning standard and any SCORM standard module can be played in an LMS that is SCORM conformant (most are). *
  12. 12. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 11. Subject Matter Expert (SME) A Subject Matter Expert is a person either within, or outwith, your organisation who are able to communicate to the Instructional Designers the raw information – i.e. the information needed to be able to build an eLearning module. The Subject Matter Expert should be on hand to review the course at various points throughout the course build.
  13. 13. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started 12. Tin Can API Whilst SCORM has been ‘the’ eLearning standard for the past decade, we are now seeing the introduction of Tin Can API compatible systems. Tin Can API basically has the ability to record any learning experience, no matter when or how it happens. See the table here to see the differences between SCORM and Tin Can. It’s worth noting that SCORM content will still play in Tin Can API systems.
  14. 14. Top 12 Elearning Phrases to Get Started THANK YOU More information on Nine Lanterns: @ninelanterns