Rapid change in online learning terminology generates confusion: Editorial


A flurry of new terminology for online learning has made it difficult and confusing to communicate with students, staff, faculty, and industry, writes Lisa Springer (The Jewish Theological Seminary). “There are so many words to describe the modalities of online learning,” explains Springer. “For example, the often-used terms hybrid and blended sometimes mean the same thing and sometimes mean distinct things. [“¦] They are often used in multiple ways at the same institution”sometimes even in the same department.” While standardization is tempting, Springer asserts that this is not likely to happen and would be undone by the ongoing evolution of online learning. Instead, Springer touches on the benefits of always offering definitions or explanations when using a term or acronym and taking a moment to acknowledge the confusion and anxiety that can surround terminology changes.

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