Online education is a wonderful opportunity for students to continue their education in a flexible environment. If you are new to online education, there may be some terms used in an online classroom that you are not familiar with. To help you to acquaint yourself with some of the most common online classroom terms, here is a brief glossary of some of the online classroom terminology that you may encounter in your studies. Some of the terminology used in online classrooms is similar to terms that are used in traditional classrooms, and work in much the same way as their real-world counterparts.
Online students might think they have it easy, never having to get lost on a vast university campus or find their way through a building’s maze of elevators, offices, classrooms, and floors. But online learning has its own ways of being confusing, from the discussion forums and course pages of its online software to the emails from students and professors and the skills required to use built-in interactive software. So, how do you avoid getting lost—online?
At the dawn of online classes, the computing requirements were relatively basic and easy: a Windows computer, a web browser, a word processor, and an internet connection. However, like most things technology-related, online courses have evolved and increased in scope and demand. That means computers must keep pace if students wish to keep enrolled in their online degree programs. So what is required of today’s computers in order to participate in online learning?
Some would argue that online students must be more prepared than their campus counterparts. A college education requires commitment, supplies, resources, time and dedication, whether online or in a traditional classroom. Those who have been studying for an associates, bachelors or masters degree online for a while are familiar with the setup and supplies they need to succeed. However, those who have not should keep some things in mind for the first day, or first course, to pass and understand their course. An online course checklist should make the student feel confident on their first day of online schooling.