E-VOLLution Project Glossary

The purpose of this glossary is to explain acronyms and terms as used in this project. It is not intended as an exhaustive listing of terminology, nor does it claim to be comprehensive. It should act as an aid to understanding of expressions which are new or unfamiliar to the reader.


Key word Explanation
Blended Learning
Blended Learning is the varied combination of multiple approaches to pedagogy and teaching. It can be accomplished through the application of virtual/online - and face to face (= f2f) learning. It is based on Social Constructionist Pedagogy encouraging learning through collaboration and networking.
A blog (short for a "web log") is an on-line journal or diary where entries or "posts" are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. These entries can contain text, links to other Web pages or photographs. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Common European Framework of Reference of the Council of Europe
Computer-mediated communication, any form of data exchange across two or more networked computers.
Content Management System. Software that enables one to add and/or manipulate content on a Web site.
Software that counts and lists the occurrences of a given term, together with its co-occurrents, in the text corpus compiled for vocabulary research.
A corpus is a collection of texts. Corpora are multiple collections of texts.
An e-moderator is someone who "presides over an electronic meeting or conference" (Gilly Salmon). Now commonly used to refer to online teaching and facilitation roles.
A personal collection of information describing and documenting a person’s achievements and learning in digital/electronic ("e") form.
Europass is an EU initiative to increase transparency of qualification and mobility of citizens in Europe. It consists of five documents (CV, Language Passport, Europass Mobility, Certificate Supplement and Diploma Supplement) designed to make clear what a person's skills and qualifications are.
(Plural "fora" or "forums") Any discussion group accessible through a VLE, a dial-in system, a mailing list, or a newsgroup. A forum functions very much like a bulletin board; users submit postings for all to read and discussion ensues, usually in "threaded" form with the latest contribution at the top.
Information and Communication Technologies
LMS/Learning Platform
Learning Management System./The term learning platform describes a broad range of ICT systems used to deliver and support learning.
Moodle is an open source e-learning platform (CMS/VLE) and is designed to help educators create online courses with opportunities for rich interaction. Its modular design means that many people can develop additional functionality, and development is undertaken by a globally diffuse network of commercial and non-commercial users, spearheaded by the Moodle company based in Perth, Western Australia.
A podcast is a broadcast digital media file, or a related collection of such files, which you can download onto your computer or onto your iPod.(Podcasts are extremely useful for language learning as they allow you to listen to authentic language learning material freely available on the Internet.)
RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. Its most widespread usage is in distributing news headlines on the Web.
Skype is an IP telephony service provider that offers free calling between computers and low-cost calling to regular telephones that aren't connected to the Internet.
Social bookmarking
Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web resources. Unlike file sharing, the resources themselves aren't shared, merely bookmarks that reference them. (c.f.
VLE Virtual learning environment
Vocationally Oriented Language Learning
Vocationally Oriented Language Teaching (also Vocational Online Language Teaching)
WEB 2.0 The term "Web 2.0" is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design,[1] and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with each other as contributors to the website's content, in contrast to websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them. Examples of Web 2.0 include web-based communities, hosted services, web applications, social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups, and folksonomies. ►
An inquiry-based activity that involves students in using web-based resources and tools to transform their learning into meaningful understandings and real-world projects.
A wiki is a type of website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove and otherwise edit and change some available content, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring
WYSIWYG is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get and refers to accurate screen images to print out. It is used in computing to describe a system in which content during editing appears very similar to the final product.



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