A small program, that runs on the Internet or from a software on your computer. Most are written in the programming language known as Java.
A web-based learning management system and platform designed for teachers and learners to participate in online classes.
An online course that uses various methods of delivery. For example, using WBC with a F2F class is blended learning. Using an asynchronous mode of delivery with synchronous tools is also another example.
Shortened from "web log". A website where participants are free to comment about various topics. In many blog sites, participants can also add pictures and video.
Bricks and mortar schools
Traditional school buildings for F2F classes.
A program that allows you to read web pages and html files. Examples of browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Netscape, and Opera. Not all browsers are validated to work in Blackboard LMS.
A small file placed on a user's computer by visiting a web page. Blackboard LMS needs cookies to be enabled in order to store the relevant data as the student progresses through their WBC.
Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc. An optical disc with the same dimensions of a CD but holds six times more data. Most movies are stored on DVD discs.
Frequently Asked Questions. In an online course, it is a document or web page made up of questions that are commonly asked by students. Answers are usually provided to support participants.
Instructional Television (IITV)
Instructional television where a two way link allows communication between instructor and remote sites as well as communication between student locations. Generally includes 4 or 5 televisions and several cameras at each site.
A programming language invented by Sun Microsystems that helps supports many applications over the internet and on your computers. Blackboard uses Java in order to function.
Learning Object Repository. A shared space where several learning objects are available to professionals and learners.
Audio files that have been digitally formatted.
Video files that have been digitally formatted.
Refers to the Adobe Acrobat file format used by many web sites and online courses.
The art and science of how students learn.
A small piece of software that supports a web browser in order to extend its functionality. Flash players are an example.
A networked computer that is shared by many other computers on the internet. An example of a server would be to hold, or "host", web pages.
Programs that allow a user to complete tasks with computers, such as word processing and editing pictures.
Teacher Mediated Option (TMO)
A mode of delivering a course using primarily the phone and a telconferencing bridge.
A method of learning from reading online content and following a specific series of mini-lessons. A tutorial may check for self-understanding by providing some interactivity.
URL or Uniform Resource Locator
Another name for the address for a web page on the internet. For example, http://bblearn.merlin.mb.ca is the URL for the Blackboard Learning System.
Distance education course materials supported by computer-mediated communications and delivered asynchronously via the internet. In Manitoba, WBC are facilitated by qualified teacher staffed at one of the school divisions.
Extensible Markup Language, may be the next big thing on the Web. A metalanguage that is platform and operating system independent. It can be used to enable interoperability between systems as well as transformations to allow output in multiple media.