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Appendix A: Glossary of Terms – General

  • Issued: December 9, 2014
  • Content last reviewed: December 2014
Blended Learning
Describes the practice of using several training delivery mediums in a single training program. It typically refers to the combination of classroom instruction and eLearning.
Distance Learning
An educational situation in which the instructor and students are separated by time, location, or both. Education or training courses are delivered to remote locations via synchronous or asynchronous instruction (ASTD definition).
E-Learning (Electronic Learning)
A term covering a wide set of applications and processes that includes web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration.
Face-to-face Training
Usually refers to traditional classroom training, in which an instructor teaches a course to a room of training participants. The term is used synonymously with on-site training and classroom training and instructor-led training (slightly modified from ASTD definition).
Module
A unit of instruction that can be measured, evaluated for change, assembled to form complete courses, or bypassed as a whole, and usually is intended to teach one or a group of skills or areas of knowledge (slightly modified from ASTD definition).
Evaluator
A person who evaluates learners.
Instructor
A person who delivers training programs.
Qualification
A skill, quality, or attribute that makes somebody suitable for a job, activity or task.
Subject Matter Expert (SME)
A person who has extensive knowledge and skills in a particular subject area (ASTD definition).

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