Terminology

E-learning is a term used for all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching. E-learning can be delivered via many different devices including; desktop computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets, and so on. It can also be created in many different forms. It is a field that is expanding and growing constantly as technology changes so do the methods of E-learning available.

Blackboard Learn in its simplest form is a web application that allows access to electronic learning materials 24 hours a day. Blackboard Learn is UNM’s chosen Learning Management System (LMS) application. It can be used to develop online learning materials and deliver these to students via the internet. As a course designer, Instructors choose to develop their course to be delivered through Blackboard Learn, adding in some of Blackboard Learn’s own tools, such as online discussions, journals, to enhance and facilitate the learning experience. Faculty can place any type of electronic learning material on Blackboard Learn which students can then access.

Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application for the administration documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, eLearning programs, and training content.

Synchronous online learning: students are required to be online during ceratain hours at the same time as the Instructor. This is typically done using an application like Blackboard Collaborate, which is available to us through UNM Learn.

Asynchronous online learning: students are not required to be online at a certain time. Students can complete work at their own pace as long as they follow the deadlines as set by their Instructor.