Commonly Used Terms


These are some of the most commonly used terms in online teaching.  

asynchronous teaching 
course builders
course design
course development strategy
course plan
educational developer
EDI - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
instructional technologists
instructional tools
module
synchronous teaching
UDL - Universal Design for Learning

asynchronous teaching
a learning environment created by instructors in which students have the flexibility to learn at a time convenient to them.

course builders
graduate students who, with guidance from the course instructor and an educational developer at CLT, can be assigned tasks such as creating modules, embedding tools, uploading course content, and setting up quizzes and discussion boards to build courses in Brightspace. At Dalhousie, course builders work in the Academic Technology Services (ATS) unit of the Dalhousie Libraries. 

course design
the process undertaken by instructors to ensure alignment between their course learning outcomes, activities, and assessment that will create a learning environment that promotes student engagement and enables student success in demonstrating the course learning outcomes.

course development strategy
building on the course plan, the course development strategy outlines the content creation for each module in a course, the actions needed to be taken by the instructor, and the tools required to build the course Brightspace site. Consult the Going Online Together: Dalhousie Teaching Community to get the development strategy template. 

course plan
a detailed outline of each course module identifying how students will achieve the learning outcomes for the course through various activities and assessments. Consult the Going Online Together: Dalhousie Teaching Community to get the course plan template. 

educational developer
staff who consult collaboratively with individual instructors and academic units, and work across the institution, to provide professional development of teaching to facilitate positive change in the learning and teaching experiences of instructors and students. At Dalhousie, educational developers work with the Centre for Learning & Teaching.

EDI - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
in higher education requires, in part:
1) The removal of systemic and unnecessary barriers for students,
2) A commitment to, and valuing of, and enrichment by, engendering a campus community that is diverse in its perspectives, worldviews, and intersecting student, faculty, and staff identities, and
3) adopting and implementing philosophies and approaches that are anti-racist, anti-oppressive, social-justice oriented, universally designed, culturally responsive, and accessible.

instructional technologists
staff who help integrate technologies, such as computers, hardware, and software, into educational settings and who provide training on educational software. At Dalhousie, instructional technologists work in the Dalhousie Libraries' Academic Technology Services (ATS) unit. 

instructional tools
technological tools that exist within or are integrated into the learning management system (Brightspace) and can enhance the teaching and learning experience.

module
used to organize course content, like folders on a computer or chapters within a book. Modules can be set by time period (e.g., Week 1), by topic (e.g., cellular biology), or by course components (e.g., final project). You need to create a module before you can add files.
Source: https://resources.depaul.edu/teaching-commons/teaching-guides/technology/desire2learn/tools/content/Pages/create-modules.aspx

synchronous teaching
a learning environment in which instructors and students come together at the same time, often through a video-conferencing tool.

UDL - Universal Design for Learning
"a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. UDL provides learners with an equal opportunity to learn. Grounded in neuropsychology and with particular attention paid to the affective aspects of learning, the UDL guidelines emphasize designing and employing: 
>Multiple means of representation 
Present information and content in different ways 
>Multiple means of action and expression
Differentiate the ways that students can express what they know 
>Multiple means of engagement  
Stimulate interest and motivation for learning"
Source: http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.html#.XvU0JpNKh26)