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E-Learning Jargon you cannot. You read that right.  Overwhelmingly in the space, you cannot upload video directly from your devices into the plat-form itself.  I mean that would be easier right?  And what did I tell you about easy in the online learning sector? Let’s Rumble Through Other Terms EDTECH or EDTech - Educational Technology, usually refers to online learning/e-learning in education – at one point in time it referred to any educational technology, but for many vendors it goes into the e-learning world. E-Learning – Despite some assumptions that it means electronic learning, it actually does not. It means online learning at least with the vast number of folks. Don’t fall for the trap that someone has been doing e-learning since 93 or less, because what they are actually stipulating is that they provided CBT and whatever at that point. The number of folks who were going e-learning back in 1993, was minimal – I mean Mosaic 2.1 with a 12K modem or 24K if you were lucky – would have created too many Rip Van Winkles waiting to view, let alone upload anything. • WBT - Web based training. Courses created specifically for online learning. • CBT – Computer based training. CD-ROM, and in some cases DVD built courses.  • LMS – Learning Management System, Learning System (which for some companies tries to spin it as something new and magical and not like the LMS). • Modules – In the LMS space, refers to packages that can be purchased either separately (in some cases) or as add-ons. For some reason a lot of vendors, erroneously assume that modules are widely used – it isn’t. The most well-known vendor to use modules is Cor-nerstone OnDemand. But SumTotal and alike do it as well. And sadly, some lower price vendors are using it as well. Why? To push that they are inexpensive, usually at the cost of needing those other features – which are add-ons. I recall one vendor charging extra for a course catalog which was part of a module. It reminded of cable or satellite packages, where you need one or two channels and they bundle it with a bunch of garbage you don’t want, but have to take.  • RCAT – Rapid Content Authoring Tools. These course building tools are the reason the authoring tool space took off, since they enabled anyone to build a course, without any ID (Instructional Design) background. The biggest and best known of the initial RCATs is Articulate Studio, which uses PowerPoint as a cornerstone to their product. • ADDIE - Analysis, Define, Develop, Implementation and Evaluation. Should be punted into outer space. In my opinion it has outweighed its usefulness. Great for the 70s, but in 2014 not so much.   • ASTD now called ATD - Once referred to as Association of Training and Development – a worldwide association for T&D folks, they changed their name to ATD – Association of Talent Development. Whoever was in the focus group for this decision, probably would have let Manson go free. And if they didn’t have a focus group, I am dumbfounded on who thought this was a great idea.  The term does not apply to anyone who provides training in the B2B or B2C space, IMO (In my opinion), rather it focused on in-ternal training or learning. I suspect I won’t be speaking at ASTD after this comment, then again, previous statements about their incompetence when it comes to putting on a show, probably killed “ Jargon has become universal in 2014. It isn’t always better. And it definitely isn’t any easier. But, why would we want that? my chances long ago.  • E-Learning Guild - I am not sure if they are really an association, I never saw them as that, but they do many things right that the aforementioned does not. That isn’t to say they have challenges too. Anyway, they are the folks behind Learning Solutions, mLearnCon, Ecosystem, DevLearn, Performance Support System (or something like that) and online events.  If you are going to select a membership between ATD and ELG, I’d go ELG, since they are 100% focused on e-learning professionals.  • CMS – Content Management System Bottom Line There you have it, some of the most common jargon out there. Yeah, I left out SCORM, SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 3rd edition, SCORM 2004 4th edition (rarely used), AICC, PENS – all of which are com-pliance standards, each with strengths and minuses.  As you are aware, I am not a fan of AICC – useful in early 2000s, but IMO not that useful today. Then there is Tin Can aka xAPI. I like the Tin Can term better than xAPI, which is very technical and anyone in marketing knows, simple is better and xAPI just sounds too technical. Oh, there is also API (Application Program Interface) and Mashups (two more APIs – great example – Google Maps whereas they show restaurants, businesses, etc.). Jargon has become universal in 2014.It isn’t always better. And it definitely isn’t any easier. But, why would we want that? TEL This article originally appeared here Published with author’s permission. Craig Weiss is an e-learning analyst, consultant and advisor whose firm E-Learning 24/7 provides services to buyers and suppliers in the e-learning industry. He has been named the second most influential person in the world for e-learning. Visit www.elearninfo247.com Follow @diegoinstudio 10 Submit your Articles Excellence Essentials presented by HR.com | 01.2015


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