Definition of Terms

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  • “e-Learning” means interactive instruction which is enhanced, supported, mediated, delivered or assessed by electronic means.
  • “e-Learning content” means learning resources specifically developed as part of approved University courses.
  • “e-Content” in this policy document is used as a short form of ‘e-Learning content’.
  •  “ICT” means computer and electronic systems used for the acquisition, creation, processing, storage, retrieval and transmission of digital information.
  • “University” means the University of Nairobi
  • The “Centre” means the e-Learning Centre
  • “m-Learning” refers to learning with portable technologies including but not limited to handheld computers, MP3 /MP4 players, iPODs, notebooks and mobile phones to facilitate, support, enhance and extend the reach of teaching and learning.
  • “Online Learning” describes e-learning that makes use of Internet technologies and teachers and learners can be located anywhere they have access to a computer and a connection to the Internet. Online learning can happen on campus or at a distance from the campus. It can be synchronous or asynchronous.
  • “Blended learning” refers to the integration of e-learning tools with traditional learning methods, and is commonly understood as combining instructor-led training and e-learning, or combining face-to-face training and distance learning.
  • “Synchronous learning” refers to learning where the learner is online at the same time as the instructor or other learners
  • “Asynchronous Learning” refers to learning where the learner is not online at the same time as an instructor or other learners

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