Glossary of 75 Distance Learning Terms
Case Study - The application of management principles to simulated or real-life situations in order to give students practice in applying their analytical and presentation skills as well as theoretical knowledge.
College - Institution offering associate and bachelor's degrees focusing on education rather than research; also refers to divisions within a university system (e.g., College of Business).
Compressed Video - Video images processed to remove extraneous information, facilitating the transmission of information over telephone lines or other narrow bandwidth carriers.
Concentration - A focus undertaken within a major; for example, a student pursuing a degree with a major in business might undertake a concentration in human resources management.
Concurrent - Simultaneous; occurring at the same time or together.
Conditional Acceptance (Admission) - Offer of a place in a university/institution degree program to an academically qualified student subject to meeting a specified condition, often completion of English language studies or achievement of a minimum English proficiency test score.
Consortium - An association of several bodies.
Cooperative or Co-op (Program) - Education program that combines theoretical learning with practical experience, generally via alternating periods of classroom study and work placements.
Core Course - Course addressing the main components of a program, generally as a requisite for graduation.
Courseload - The number of courses taken or credits earned within a period of study (semester, term, quarter, etc.).
Credit - A measure granted for each course completed; most academic programs require students to complete a certain number of credits for graduation.
Credit Hours - A system of measuring credit by the number of hours spent in class a week.
Curriculum - Subjects included in a course of study; plural: curricula.