Terms from F - G - H - I - J

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Face-to-face - "Teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction in the same geographical location, typically a classroom setting" (Butz, 2004, p. 13). The kind of interaction or instruction that would take place in a brick-and-mortar school. "Traditional classrooms or schools where students meet in the same physical location as their teacher and fellow classmates. Also referred to as brick-and mortar classrooms or schools" (Talvitie-Siple, 2007, p. 8).

Facilitator - "The online course instructor is often referred to as the course facilitator. Online instructors do not retain their traditional 'teacher-centered' roles from the brick-and-mortar, face-to-face paradigm. Instead, they become the medium through which discovery learning is facilitated in a student-centered environment. The facilitator is often referred to as the 'course moderator.' In Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC) the far-end helping staff person, whether teacher or para-educator, is called the 'facilitator'" (Northwest Educational Technology Consortium, 2005).

Flexible Intake - "Flexibility in the date a student enrolls in a course. Since e-learning courses can be conducted at the student's own pace, the students in a course do not need to begin or end the course at the same time, or be at the same point in the course at any given time" (e-Learning Ontario, 2007).

Full-Time Equivalent - "The number of students at a given institution, if every student were full-time. "Full-time” status is determined by the institution according to the total number of credit hours a student takes" (Watson & Kalmon, 2005, p. 121).

Full-Time Online Program - A full-time online program is one where the student is enrolled full-time in their virtual school or Internet-based distance education program. This means that they do not attend a traditional or brick-and-mortar school, but complete all of their courses from a virtual school. Most often, full-time online programs in the United States are cyber charter schools.



Homegrown Content - "Original, online course content developed by the education institution. The teacher developing the content may or may not be the teacher of record who delivers the online content to students. This sort of offering may or may not meet state standards" (Northwest Educational Technology Consortium, 2005).

Home Schooling - The formal instruction of children in their homes instead of in school (Unger, 1996), or if children "(1) are ages 5–17 in a grade equivalent to at least kindergarten and no higher than 12th grade; (2) their parents report them as being schooled at home instead of at a public or private school for at least part of their education; and (3) their part-time enrollment in public or private schools does not exceed 25 hours a week. Students who are schooled at home only because of a temporary illness are not considered to be homeschooled students" (National Center for Educational Statistics, n.d.a).

Home Study - "A method of instruction where the content was developed by a teacher and/or an educational institution and the student and teacher interact by mail" (Scheick, 2007, p. 16). Also known as correspondence or independent courses.

Hybrid - “Hybrid (also known as "blended") is the label commonly used to describe courses that combine face-to-face classroom instruction with computer-based learning in a way that moves a significant part of the course online and, as a result, alters the way classroom seat time is used” (Murphy, 2002).


Independent Study - “A self-directed learning strategy where the teacher acts as guide or facilitator and the student plays a more active role in designing and managing his or her own learning” (National Association for Gifted Children, 2005). "A method of instruction where the content was developed by a teacher and/or an educational institution and the student and teacher interact by mail" (Scheick, 2007, p. 16). Also known as correspondence or home study.

Interactive Learning Object - "A reusable digital resource that engages students in an online... activity" (e-Learning Ontario, 2007).

Interactive Videoconferencing - "Courses in which content delivery and interaction are primarily through live television hook-ups connecting a teacher to groups of students on-site and in distant locations (see http://www.netc.org/digitalbridges/resources/glossary.html for specific IVC terms)" (Northwest Educational Technology Consortium, 2005). Advances in technology also allow for videoconferencing to occur without the use of televisions by using computers or other video devices.

Internet High School - A term used to refer to a virtual school. It is most commonly used in Canada to refer to virtual schools that target aboriginal student populations.

Intranet - “Internal network for a company or school that cannot be accessed by external users” (Heinich, Molenda, Russell & Smaldino, 2002, p. 362). "A private computer network that uses Internet protocols, network connectivity, and possibly the public telecommunication system to securely share part of an organization’s information or operations with its students or employees. The same concepts and technologies of the Internet such as clients and servers running on the Internet protocol suite are used to build an intranet. HTTP and other Internet protocols are commonly used as well, especially FTP and e-mail" (Joy, 2004, p. 14).


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