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Glossary of Online Terms

  • Asynchronous - Anytime/Anywhere
  • ALN - Asynchronous Learning Network (Anytime/Anywhere Learning Network) is a method of instructional delivery by which the students have the flexibility of learning at anytime from anywhere over the Internet.
  • Banner - A computer software application that integrates student, financial, human resources, financial aid, and alumni data.
  • Blackboard Learn - A course management system used to support web-based teaching and learning at MCC.
  • Blended - See Hybrid
  • Distance Education - Instructor and student are in different locations
  • FTF - Face-to-Face usually used in reference to the method of traditional classroom instruction
  • Homepage - Starting point for a website
  • http - Hypertext transfer protocol - part of the web address that indicates the format of a resource
  • Hybrid - Blend of face-to-face instruction with online learning activities. In a hybrid course, a significant part of the learning is online and seat time is reduced.
  • Internet - Network of interconnected computers around the world
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP) - Corporation/Institution that provides access to the Internet (ex: AOL, Frontier, Time Warner, Juno, etc.)
  • Module - A unit of study
  • Netiquette - protocol for Internet behavior
  • Online - On the Internet
  • Search Engine - A tool that searches the web for specific resources
  • Open SUNY - Open SUNY is a SUNY-wide collaboration that opens the door to world-class online-enabled learning opportunities.
  • URL - Universal Resource Locator - the location (address) of a web page
  • Web Browser - Software to navigate the Internet (Ex: Chrome and Firefox are best to use when using the Blackboard Learn Course Management System.
  • Web Enhanced - Traditional face-to-face courses that are augmented with online activities
  • Web Page - A single screen of information
  • Website - A collection of related web pages