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Appendix A: Glossary of Terms

  • Issued: October 2015
  • Content last reviewed: October 2015
Blended Learning
Describes the practice of using several training delivery methods in a single training program. It typically refers to the combination of classroom instruction and eLearning.
Cognitive Load
The mental work imposed by a learning environment or object. Since we have limited mental capacity, content needs to be designed so as not to overload our cognitive processes nor impose mental work that is irrelevant to the learning goals.
A measure of compatibility and assimilation of elements.
An accredited component of a curriculum.
Distance Learning
An educational situation in which the instructor and learner are separated by location. Education or training courses are delivered to remote locations via synchronous or real-time instruction.
An incorrect option in a multiple choice test.
eLearning (Electronic Learning)
A term covering a wide set of applications and processes that includes web-based learning or computer-based learning.
Formative Testing
Refers to a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of learner comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course.
Instructional Design
Systematic method of planning, developing, evaluating and managing instruction to ensure competent performance by the learner.
Instructional Unit
A lesson and/or activity within a learning module that facilitates the achievement of a desired learning outcome.
Learning Event
An activity which affords the learner the opportunity to increase his or her knowledge.
Learner Practice
The act of engaging in an activity again and again for the purpose of improving or mastering a skill or learning concept.
A series of instructional units that can be measured, evaluated and assembled to form complete courses.
Summative Testing
Used to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period—typically at the end of a module or training program. In other words, to determine whether students have learned what they were expected to learn.
Training Provider
An individual, sole proprietor, corporation or not-for-profit organization delivering training.


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