Glossary Term

Online learning

A distance learning modality that refers to teaching and learning that occurs via the Internet. Online education (or online learning) can be used to supplement in-person education (e.g., learners follow along on tablets during a guided reading exercise) or be the primary mode of delivery in distance learning settings (also called online distance education).
Systems/methods that are currently available and fall under various recognized pedagogical approaches include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Video conferencing
  • Synchronous vs. Asynchronous learning
  • Open-schedule online courses
  • Fixed-time online courses
  • Computer-based DE
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
  • Blended learning
  • Hybrid learning
  • Hybrid Course
  • Designing for flexible teaching