Asynchronous learning - When participants, instructors and/or students, participate at different times. Asynchronous courses often have frequent learning activities with set due dates and scheduled assessments, so students are typically expected to complete work on a daily or weekly basis based on the schedule set by the instructor.
Digital Learning Environment (DLE) - A DLE is the digital "hub" for a confederation of services and tools that support teaching and learning, versus an administrative tool for managing course content. UW-System, including UW-Stevens Point has acquired Canvas as the platform for the digital hub for the UWS DLE. Courses will begin being offered in Canvas as soon as the Fall 2018 academic term.
Instructor -All those who teach at UWSP, including but not limited to: faculty, coaches, teaching academic staff, and graduate students with teaching responsibilities.
Learning Managment System (LMS) - A LMS is a web based platform designed to facilitate delivery of materials and organization of instruction. For institution and program consistency, all instructors are encouraged to utilize the university supported Learning Management System (LMS). UWSP uses Canvas, by Instructure, as its primary and officially supported LMS. Orientation is provided to Brightspace during online instructor initial training.
Self-paced learning - When students proceed at their own pace through the course content and the course is completed by a specified date. However, the instructor does not impose a schedule for completing learning activities. This differs from asynchronous learning in which there are regularly set due dates and scheduled assessments.
Synchronous learning - When participants, instructors and/or students, participate at the same time. Synchronous learning activities can be great for establishing connections and developing community in online courses. However, required synchronous meetings can make it difficult for some students to participate if they have outside commitments such as: work, families, or other coursework. This can be especially difficult for students who live in different time zones.
Updated July 2019