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Study Related Terms and Definitions

Digital Badges

Online credentials that validate specific knowledge or achievement, akin to a certificate of completion. Badges can be awarded within online courses, and can be displayed on websites, online resumes, or social media sites to indicate expertise or achievement.

Discussion Forum

An online discussion board where students can interact with classmates and the instructor to answer questions, and participate in dialogue. Most discussion forums are asynchronous, with requirements to post within a specific time frame.

Distance Learning

Any learning that takes place over different places, where the students and instructor are dispersed geographically. Distance learning does not always take place online, as some correspondence courses are still in place.