The Ultimate elearning Glossary – Part I




The elearning domain widely uses specialist terms and acronyms. While some may be well acquainted with these, others may not. From Asynchronous learning to Storyboarding, these terms are used every day and hence it becomes crucial to understand their meaning.

Here’s is one such list, an elearning glossary comprising terms between A to L:

Asynchronous learning:

A method allowing access to learning resources without any time constraints. It is a learner-centered approach that emphasizes the importance of peer-to-peer interactions.

Authoring tool:

An authoring tool as a software that allows users to create own courseware, web-page or multimedia applications. There are many commercial tools available in the market these days.

Blended learning:

It is also known as hybrid or mixed-mode learning. The method combines traditional face-to-face learning (synchronous) and technology based online learning (asynchronous). The decision of synchronous or asynchronous must serve course objectives.

Cloud LMS:

A cloud LMS is a web-based platform with no installation requirements facilitating platform owner to deliver, track and report on online courses. The solution differs from traditional LMS requiring in-house installations on servers along with maintenance and lets you focus on delivering online courses.

A cloud-based LMS like Examination Online allows entire learning to take place online and allows storing data in the cloud. Such solutions are quicker and cost-effective to install than self-hosted solutions. Apart from these, it requires less in-house technical expertise to maintain and run.

Cognitive overload:

It is a situation where learners are provided too much information simultaneously requiring mental efforts to understand and retain lessons.The theory of ‘cognitive load ‘ was developed by John Sweller suggesting that instructional design can be used to reduce cognitive load in learners.

With an increase in use of multiple devices for learning, in various environments, there is an increase in distraction. This can significantly reduce learning outcomes and academic success. Thus, an online course is ideally created with an intent to reduce cognitive overloads.

Compliance training:

It is a mandatory or legally enforced training that must be taken up by employees within the stipulated period. Such training programs’ courseware usually comprise of text, audio and video elements.  

Instructional design:

It is a systematic development of elearning content using learning and instructional theory to ensure quality of instructions as well as acquisition of knowledge. The process consists of identifying learners’ needs, defining end objective followed by inclusion of pedagogical (The process of teaching) and andragogical (adult learning) tested theories of learning.


It is the degree to which hardware and software elements work collectively. The standards like SCORM, Tin Can and AICC enhance interoperability of online learning content.  

Just-in-time learning:

A system which delivers course content to learners when and where they need it. In contrast to traditional classroom training, this method allows learners to access web-based tutorials to access courseware on just the information they need to update skills.

LCMS (Learning Content Management System):

It is an integrated platform that allows administrators to host, schedule and manage elearning content. The system allows administrator to manage all steps of learning process right from authoring to delivery. It allows administrator to collaborate, design, reuse content, import content from and publish across multiple outputs and devices.


It is a repository of reusable, interactive tutorials like videos, documents, question pools, SCORM and Tin Can files, which is used to create a course or a quiz.

LRS (Learning Record Store):

It is a place to store learning records. The concept works with Tin Can API to store and retrieve statements that track learning experiences.   

The terms above are part one of elearning terms. In the upcoming blog, we would share more such terms to cover the remaining.