Online Training Terminology
Jun 12, 2017
Hello Articulate Community! I need your feedback.
I've been in my current role for 1 year. Before I came on board, my organization did not use course authoring systems to create eLearnings. The "eLearning Library" mainly consisted of videos and recorded webinars. This is the terminology for online training outlined in our style guide~
eLearning - Use this umbrella term for all education materials that are available on the website in electronic format. Including live/recorded webinars, eClasses, and training videos. Do not use the terms: e-Learning, on-demand, online learning.
Webinar or live webinar - This is a webinar that is shown in real time. Attendees may have the opportunity to interact with the speaker.
Recorded webinar - This is a webinar that happened in the past. It is recorded, yet available for people to view. There is no ability to interact with the speaker. We do not use the term archived webinar. Archives are historical recordings and therefore the term implies that the content is old and no longer relevant. If content is no longer relevant, it should be taken down from the website.
eClass - Most often, these are interactive modules that have learning test points throughout. Training videos may also be an eClass, or a component of an eClass. Do not use the terms: on demand or interactive learning.
Training videos - These are videos of training presentations, and they are often scripted. These could be filmed at a workshop, conference, or in a studio.
My edits were rejected, primarily because our customers are used to these terms and it's used in printed publications. I don't think we are using industry standard terms and our customers change every few years (city elected officials in WA state). I think if I was a newly elected city offical, and I came to our website to develop my leadership skills, I would be disappointed after clicking on "eLearning library" and seeing a bunch of recorded webinars.
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