E-Learning Quick Reference Card           

 


Glossary: 10 terms you should know

Assessment:  Pre-test or post-test designed to measure effectiveness of training or student readiness for course.

 

 

Asynchronous Learning:  Students are online at different times.  Best suited for self-directed learning model.

DBMS:  Data Base Management System.  Used by an LMS to track course structures and student progress. 

 

 

Instructor-led training:  Students interact with a mentor, expert, or leader during the course 

 

 

Item Banking:  Used in assessments to randomly select test questions from an established pool of questions. 

 

 

LMS:   Learning Management System. Framework for creating and managing online courses and student enrollments. 

 

 

SME:  Subject Matter Expert.  Uses knowledge of topic to create courses or serve as a course instructor. 

 

 

Streaming Multimedia:  Audio or video which plays while it is being loaded, providing a better learning experience.

 

 

Student-led training:  Automated, self-paced, private learning model, also called “self-directed learning”. 

 

 

Synchronous Learning:  All students are online at the same time.  May use chat or other interaction tools. 

Sample Effective Course Flow

 

 

 

Introduction (objectives and reasons)

Attention

Motivation

Overview

 

 

 

 

 

Development (main body of content)

Organize material to build from…

- Past to present

- Simple to complex

- Known to unknown

- Frequently used to largely unused

 

 

Conclusion (relate to objectives)

Summarize key points

Assessment

Evaluation

Learning Content File Formats

Format

Extensions

Note

HTML

.htm  .html

Fast, clean

Images

.gif  .jpg  .png

Keep small

Flash

.swf

Dynamic, interactive

Video

.wmv*.asf*.mpg+.qt.mov.mp4+.rm.rv .avi-

*Streaming   +Fast  -Slow

Audio

.wma* .wav- .mp3+ .ra .ram

*Streaming +Fast  -Slow

PowerPoint

.ppt  .pps  .pptx

Very slow, need viewer

Word

.doc  .docx

Need viewer, may be slow

Specialty / proprietary

Various formats

Slow, bulky, need plug-ins

Authoring Software and Tools

Tool

Ease

Value

Note        

PowerPoint

X

Can be converted

Word

X

May be dull, flat

Flash

X

Tedious but effective

Video/Audio

X

Use streaming

Front Page

Very popular

MX Fusion

HTML and web layout tool

DreamWeaver

Creates HTML

FlexAuthoring

Combines text, video, flash, templates, etc.

Guidelines for Graphics/Multimedia

Use images, photos, audio, video, and other multimedia objects which:

  1. Support the lesson objective
  2. Are student-centered
  3. Build on previous learning
  4. Have useful and meaningful content
  5. Are consistent with learning principles
  6. Maintain student interest/attention
  7. Are quality images, movies, etc.
  8. Are complete and accurate
  9. Use appropriate terminology
  10. Are properly sequenced
  11. Are clean and visually appealing
  12. Give proper stimuli and enforcement

Create. Build online courses quickly.

Teach. Deliver interactive learning.

Track. Monitor  activity and skills.

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