West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Fox Center at West Valley College

Best Practices in eLearning

Definition of Terms

eLearning at WVC uses cutting edge technologies and professional instructional design techniques to offer students a wide variety of diverse courses designed to help them pursue their educational objectives and to achieve their personal goals. Students may take classes in the three most common types of DL courses:

  • Online: all of the content is taught using the Internet and other technology.
  • Hybrid: less than 51% of the content is taught using DE tools.
  • Web-enhanced: the content is taught in the traditional face-to-face mode and is complemented with the use of various technologies.
  • Telecourses are also used to deliver courses in select disciplines.

These other definitions are important:

  • Distance Learning and Distance Education: education delivered when instructors and students are separated by physical distance; learning may happen asynchronously.
  • Distributed Learning: describes the delivery of courses using various media.
  • Electronic Learning: a broad term that describes the inclusion of computers and other technologies in face-to-face and virtual classrooms.
  • Mobile Learning: delivering courses through computers, tablets, PDAs, phones and other mobile devices that allow “on the go” virtual classrooms and access to  content without the boundaries of time and distance. 
  • Online Learning and Online Education: describe the delivery of courses using computers and the web to create virtual classrooms.
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