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Glossary of 75 Distance Learning Terms

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Academic Advisor - An appointed university representative who provides guidance to students in designing an academic program and selecting courses to meet program requirements.

Accredit - To render credible; programs are often accredited by regional and/or general bodies ensuring that specific curricular standards are met.

Advanced Standing (Advanced Placement, Accelerated Study) - Direct entry into more advanced levels in the program (bypassing initial components) based on performance on advanced placement tests or academic credit previously earned.

Affidavit - A written statement confirmed by oath.

Associate Degree - Degree granted after completion of a two-year post secondary program (sometimes used as a transfer degree).

Asynchronous Communication - Two-way, "non-synchronous' communication that involves a time delay between the transmission and receipt of a message (e.g., e-mail and voice messaging).

Audioconferencing - Voice communications, either through standard telephone lines or through Internet-based software.

Audiographics - Type of audio-based technology that uses hone lines to transmit visual information, such as drawings and charts top.

 

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