Blended course – a course that is 50% online and 50% in a regular classroom. In other words, it is a regular face to face classroom with part of its instruction done online. What is taught online and in the classroom will depend on the course and the professor.
Dropbox – the common term for the submission area for an assignment. Usually, each assignment will have its own dropbox, (which looks like a folder icon) where you either upload a file or write your answer directly in the box.
Facilitator – a teaching assistant in an online course. Often times, online courses have many students so besides the lead professor, one or more facilitators will aid with the course.
Online vs. Virtual vs. Remote – nowadays these three terms are basically synonyms. They are used interchangeably to refer to a student who studies from home via the internet or a course or program of study that he/she follows. The term “remote” has been used in relation to distance education, however, nowadays most distance education is online.
Platform – the software or program used to deliver online courses. You don’t need to install the platform, you just go to your school’s platform website and log in with your username and password. You can also download the platform’s app to access it from your mobile device.
Proctor – a person who administers an exam and supervises the student(s) while taking the exam.
Proctored exam – an exam which is taken at a testing center under the supervision of a proctor and usually without notes or textbooks. The most common proctored exams in a course are the midterm and final.
ProctorU – a service that allows students to take proctored exams from home. You will need to set an appointment, pay a fee and an online proctor will grant you access to the exam and supervise your computer activity while you take the exam.
Testing center – every school has a testing center, where the proctored exams take place. If you do not live near your school’s campus, you can find an approved proctor (subject to approval by your school), which can be a Sylvan or Kaplan center staff, military personnel, head or reference librarian, high school counselors and principals among others.
Turnitin – a program that checks a student’s paper against thousands of online sources, including other student submissions, to check for originality. The student will receive an originality report after submitting his/her assignment, with a percentage showing how much of his/her paper is found to be similar to other web sources. Many professors require students to first submit their papers through Turnitin.