Education Glossary Q-Z


QuickTime: A multimedia software program that plays digital videos, clips, music and other audio-visual media formats.


Real-Time Communication: Synchronous communication through which information is sent and received simultaneously. In online education, the student and teacher use real-time communication to participate in learning activities at the same time, regardless of location.

Reusable Learning Object (RLO): An online learning resource that can be reused to facilitate learning activities.


SAT Reasoning Test: A standardized test required for admittance into most undergraduate programs. The test includes sections on mathematics, critical reading and writing with cumulative scores ranging from 600 to 2400.

SAT Subject Tests: Subject-specific tests required for admittance into some undergraduate programs. Scores range from 200 to 800.

Screencasting: A digital recording of a computer screen that is shared with other users in video format. In online education, this technology allows the student and teacher to interact easily over any distance.

Social Software: A software system that enables users to collaborate and share information.

Streaming Video: A video that is sent over the Internet and viewed in real time with a program such as RealSystem or QuickTime.

Synchronous Learning: A type of learning in which the student and teacher participate in various educational activities at the same time, regardless of their physical location. In online education, real-time applications such as live chat and discussion rooms are used.


Technology-Enhanced Learning: A learning process that is enabled by various forms of online technology, such as discussion boards and wikis.

Terminal Degree: The highest degree in any field of study, such as a doctorate degree.

Threaded Discussion: An online discussion in which posted comments are grouped according to their subject matter to facilitate collaboration and information sharing.


Upload: The process of transferring a file from the user’s computer to another remote location.

Usability: A measure of how navigable a website or online resource is for an individual.


Video Conferencing: A form of synchronous learning in which two or more locations are connected through live video to facilitate collaboration and information sharing.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): A set of online tools and resources that facilitate various aspects of the online education experience, including communication, assessments, and information and document sharing.

Virtual Library: A collection of digital information that can be accessed through the Internet.


Web-Based Training: Training or education that is facilitated through online technology.

Webcast: A presentation that is broadcast over the Web using streaming media.

Whiteboard: An electronic blackboard that is accessible by all group members and which can be used by the student and teacher for instruction and information sharing.

Wiki: A website that facilitates collaboration among members by allowing information and text to be added and edited by any individual in the wiki community.


XML: Extensible Markup Language is a coding script used for the creation of some Web pages.


Zip File: A compressed file that takes up less memory and can be sent quickly to another user. The receiver of a zip file must uncompress the file before viewing it.

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