The Terms and Jargon of Custom Online Training


Get a handle on all those acronyms and eLearning terms flying around. If you’re already familiar with MOOCs, LMS, VLE and Wikis, head over here to see how custom online training can transfer knowledge throughout your organization.


Learning Management System. A software program designed to host and manage online training courses.


Massively Open Online Course—made popular by Coursera for the wide distribution of university courses.

Tin Can

The new open source API for connecting eLearning content with a learning record store

Learning Record Store

A database designed to store and track eLearning interactions. Part of the new Tin Can API

Blended Learning

This generally refers to the use of multiple types of training, such as face-to-face teaching and distance learning.

Distance learning

Remote method of teaching, using the internet, and typically incorporating various digital resources.

Face-to-face teaching

This method of teaching refers to a classroom teaching environment.

Learning Management System (LMS)

This term describes the complete eLearning experience. It is the composite of all the elements of the training process: the administration of the courses, documentation, tracking of course completion and results, etc.

Learning object

This term describes a digital resource such as an audio file. An eLearning course consists of many learning objects.

Mobile Learning

This refers to the use of mobile phones, tablets and other handheld devices to access training.

Personal learning environment (PLE)

This refers to the range of networks and devices (corporate and personal) which individuals use to access the training.


An audio or video delivery method for multimedia content. If you hear the term vodcast/vidcast, it refers to video podcasts.


This refers to web feed formats that deliver frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video. <<link:>> The acronym stands for RDF Site Summary, and is sometimes called Really Simple Syndication.

Virtual learning environment (VLE)

The online space in which e-learning takes place is called a VLE. Different types of digital media can be used to provide training.


Web-based live conferencing that can be used for lectures, meetings, presentations and other training events.


Wikipedia is the best known example of this editable tool for working with others. Changes can be tracked and it can be used to share multimedia resources.

Now that you’ve got a handle on the terminology, learn more about the benefits of custom online training.

Will Holland