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Glossary of E-learning/Online Learning/Blended Learning Terms

Learning types

Distance learning, as the term implies, is where the student and the teacher are separated. This is usually used in more formal settings, and one party is usually present. This is often the teacher, who is delivering a class to the students who are present. Universities are offering distance learning degrees dedicated to everyone, as long as they meet entry requirements and qualifications. [4] So, it became possible for students from Europe for instance, to easily attend an American college without the need to travel.

e-learning, can refer to the situation where the interaction between the students and the teacher is done online. [4] Basically, the students receive the training and are taught through an online medium, even though the teacher may be in the same building with them. It is simply students’ and teacher’s choice for instruction.

Classroom types/component

Blended learning involves online and face-to-face instruction. Both are used alongside each other to provide a comprehensive learning experience. [6]For example, a trainer might give learners a list of online resources they can use to broaden their understanding of the topic, or ask them to complete an online group project that centers on a subject they are currently discussing. In the case of blended learning, online materials do not take the place of face-to-face instruction; instead, the two modalities complement one another. They truly “blend” in order to create an enriched online training environment for the learner. [6]

The flipped classroom is another form of blended learning where a student is first exposed to new material outside of class, usually in the form of an online presentation. There is a divide between the technology and face-to-face elements of the learning experience. A learner is asked to watch an eLearning video or participate in another online learning exercise BEFORE coming to class. [6]In the classroom the new materials are explored at-length. In most cases, the knowledge that is learned online is applied in the classroom.

Online learning components

Offline learning components


Other models and standards




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