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Let's Talk Terminology

Many new and potentially confusing terms and phrases have been coming across my desk lately. I presume you have been seeing them as well, and you may wonder what they all mean. I thought I would offer some short explanations of them for you here.

Cloud computing refers to the invisible "cloud" of data and applications available anywhere and anytime. Mobile devices are the most pervasive in terms of accessing this ever-growing cloud of information that is, by its own nature, everywhere.

As defined in a
Brandon Hall research paper on the subject, mobile learning is "personalized learning that unites the learner's context with cloud computing using a mobile device."

Also defined in the same paper is ambient intelligence (AmI): smart interactive technology that is both invisible and ubiquitous (omnipresent) and that adapts to its environment and users.

Mobi-sodes are short episodes of mobile learning, while an intraverse is the online universe that is available through your company's intranet.

Notice this growing list of similar terms:
E-Learning: electronic (online) learning
M-Learning: mobile learning (on handheld devices and cell phones)
V-Learning: learning inside a virtual world (such as Second Life)
G-Learning: learning via computer games
C-Learning: learning via collaboration with co-workers and associates

And of course you have all seen references to Web 2.0 and E-Learning 2.0. Web 2.0 is the stage of the World Wide Web where the Internet has become a platform for users to create, upload, and share content with others, versus simply downloading content. E-Learning 2.0 is the idea of learning through digital connections and peer collaboration enhanced by technologies driving Web 2.0. Users/learners are empowered to search, create, and collaborate in order to fulfill intrinsic needs to learn new information.

Finally, more businesses are concentrating on the bottom line and their return on investment (ROI) from their organization's training efforts and expenses. As a result, you will continue to hear more about Performance-Based Learning (PBL), which focuses learners on what they need "to do" to drive business results and delivers learning aligned closely to actual need.

I hope these explanations help. As I come upon new terms and phrases in our industry, I will be sure to share and explain them.


  • Thanks for a well written and interesting blog! I think some of the high flying e-learning initiatives a few years ago made some people sceptical, but no doubt we will see more of an intergrated learning process where diferent methods blend together. Reading the list of learning terms shows some promising ways to go!

    Best regards,

    By Anonymous James E, at 5:02 AM EST  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:19 AM EST  

  • Thaks for sharing your useful information. the way you explained tha difference between web2.0 and elaearning2.0 is really awesome.
    sharing ideas with others increase your knowledge.

    By Blogger iridium, at 6:56 AM EST  

  • this article is great, though i am not directly associated with these terms my brother will definitely get help.

    By Anonymous Govindan, at 2:09 AM EST  

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    By Blogger Cultural Diversity Training, at 7:37 AM EST  

  • great article.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:42 PM EDT  

  • I would be reluctant to use your interpretation of PBL. In most learning situations PBL stands for Problem Based Learning, right?

    What is your view on the term VLE - Virtual Learning Environments. It is a broad term, but generally used in the same way as a Learning Portal?

    By Blogger Jonas Bygdeson, at 2:21 PM EDT  

  • You know, the first true e-learning and web 2.0 mix that I've seen so far is Class-Connect ( Our school district just swapped over to Class-Connect from Blackboard and we have a lot more student (and teacher!) activity happening online now. It's has a social network type atmosphere and it's darned easy to use, nearly no learning curve (and that's saying something because I'm tech illiterate!).

    By Anonymous Jane Hosper, at 11:17 PM EDT  

  • We are into e-learning industary. its nice to see that you have explained the things in short and simple way.. keep it up..

    By Blogger Eddytools, at 2:24 PM EDT  

  • Thanks for the information. Well now I am clear with with some of the confusing terms.

    By Anonymous IT training, at 8:34 AM EDT  

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    By Anonymous Hotel Trainer, at 10:27 PM EDT  

  • Thank you for the expalanation, this will really help us a lot especially nowadays that we are surrounded with these technologies. by the way, in connection with the terminologies, i found eleapsoftware just recently. It might interest you. anyway, this is a very nice post! i've been encountering these terminologies and i never quiet understood what it meant. thank you.

    By Anonymous marcus, at 9:04 PM EDT  

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