Index Glossary Terms

Avoid tokenism

The policy of making only a perfunctory effort or symbolic gesture toward the accomplishment of a goal, such as racial integration.

learning outcomes

the quality of being easily reached, entered, or used by people who have a disability.

analytic rubric

an assessment tool that uses a scale to grade specific criteria for an activity.


any method you use to determine the nature and degree of student learning.


(of two or more objects or events) not existing or happening at the same time.

blended delivery

a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching.


an assessment tool used to evaluate student learning by gauging the presence or absence of demonstrated learning.

Community of Inquiry (CoI)

a theory of learning that illustrates the process of creating a meaningful and engaging learning experience through developing social, cognitive, and teaching presence.


students communicating and collaborating


frameworks for enabling active and participative online learning by individuals and groups (Salmon, 2013, p. 5).

FitFOL 2020

Fit for Online Learning Course run 3 x in 2020


Facilitating Learning Online: Design an Online Course was a 5-week online faculty development course run in the Spring of 2019.


Facilitating Learning Online was a 10 weeks online course delivered for U of L faculty in the Fall of 2019.

Formative Assessment

ungraded method of assessment

holistic rubric

an assessment tool that evaluates student learning for an entire activity as a whole.

learning communities

Learning communities are formed when they include the elements of learning, belonging, and connectedness.

learning management systems

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application (like Moodle) for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, automation and delivery of educational courses, training programs, or learning and development programs. The learning management system concept emerged directly from e-Learning.

learning outcomes

What your students will know and skills they will learn by the end of the course.


Open Educational Resources


method of assessment to determine learner knowledge prior to teaching


refers to teachers providing successive levels of temporary support that help students reach higher levels of comprehension and skill acquisition that they would not be able to achieve without assistance (The Glossary of Education Reform, n.d.).


In education, scaffolding refers to a variety of instructional techniques used to move students progressively toward stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the learning process.


Scaffolding here refers to the design of a course to include processes that support individual learning efforts through an appropriate structure and specific tools that guide your students in their decisions:

Summative Assessment

graded method of assessment


existing or occurring at the same time.

Table of Specifications

a planning tool used by instructors to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Team-Based Learning (TBL)

a collaborative, instructional method that bases a teaching strategy on putting students in small groups to build autonomy and responsibility in their learning.


Universal Design for Learning,
see Part 3 in this Overview for Details


Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that gives all individuals equal opportunities to learn and provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone. Rather than a single, one-size-fits-all solution, it offers a flexible approach that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

understanding by backwards design (UbD)

educational theory for designing courses by starting with learning outcomes first, then creating assessments, and course activities.

Universal Design for Learning

Rooted in Universal Design (UD), UDL expands efforts that guarantee access rights to people with physical challenges to also include ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and ability-based diversity in the design of educational environments, resources and interactions. (Tobin & Behling, 2018)


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