Digital Learning Terms
CANVAS is the Learning Management System, often referred to as an LMS, that your courses will be delivered through. Canvas can be accessed with a web browser or the Canvas mobile app.
ASYNCHRONOUS is learning that does not happen at the same time. Rather, students have the flexibility to learn in different locations and at different times. Keep in mind that asynchronous learning still has regular deadlines for activities, assignments, and assessments.
SYNCHRONOUS is the opposite of asynchronous. Students are required to log-in and participate at specific times, at an in-person or virtual location. For example, you may be asked to attend office hours through a web conferencing platform.
DISCUSSION FORUMS are message boards or other types of virtual communities where students can ask questions, have discussions, share current events, and/or reflect on their learning. Discussions can be student-led or facilitated by an instructor.
PROCTORED EXAMS are faculty assigned, supervised assessments (i.e. midterm, final exam, etc.) that utilize a live proctor virtually to ensure academic integrity.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES are measurable student learning goals that define what you should be able to understand, apply and evaluate at the end of your course.
MODULE LEARNING OBJECTIVES are specific goal statements that guide student learning for each of the course modules or units. They serve as a point of reference to self-assess if you are proficient in the skills needed to move forward in the course. Lastly, module learning objectives are tied to your ability to achieve the overarching course learning outcomes.