The final instalment in our online learning series, is our jargon buster.  If you want to know the difference between distance learning and eLearning, or are keen to find out how asynchronous learning differs from synchronous learning, this blog is definitely for you.

Online learning terminology

We’ve compiled a glossary of some of the best known online, or flexible learning methodologies below. Some of these terms are used interchangeably, so make sure you ask the right questions and get the best flexible learning solution which works for you.

1: Distance Learning

This simply means that students and tutors are in a different location. It doesn’t mean the instruction is necessarily delivered online.

2: Online Learning

The delivery of training through digital resources using the internet.

3: eLearning

Or, sometimes called electronic learning, is the delivery of training through digital resources.

Broadly speaking, e-learning falls into two main categories: asynchronous and synchronous.

  • Asynchronous e-learning is self-paced. The learner studies the course on their own. The use of eLearning systems may be used which include pre-recorded video content, and/or text resources, knowledge quizzes, simulations, games, and other interactive elements.

Tutor communication is entirely optional. Some learning systems don’t involve and  communication with a tutor. Progression is based on the completion of the training content and / or assessments which are marked automatically by the system.

  • Synchronous e-learning is also known as live-online training, online learning, synchronous online training, or virtual classroom training. It is instructor-led and taken at the same time as other learners – everyone just happens to be geographically dispersed. This training typically uses a web-conferencing or virtual classroom platform.

4: Blended Learning

This is a combination of distance and the face-to-face learning.

Find out more?

If you’re interested in learning online take a look at our handy checklist of things to consider, or to find out how our courses are delivered – using supported distance learning, click here.

If you have any questions about studying by distance learning with rove, please get in touch with us.