Using microlearning to help the modern learner

eLearning Glossary


ADDIE is an acronym for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. It is an instructional systems design model that many instructional designers and training developers use in the development process of courses.


Named after those responsible for its creation; the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee, AICC was formed in 1988 to standardise training and technology used in the training of airline employees. The AICC produced the first technical specification for LMSs and uses HTML forms and simple text strings to communicate information between course content and the LMS.

Authoring Tool

An authoring tool assists in the creation of digital content. In the context of learning and development, authoring tools refer to software used for eLearning course development.

Completion Rate 

Completion rates refer to the percentage of enrolled learners in an eLearning course who complete a particular course. Course completion rates are usually tracked as a measure of success.

Distributed Practice 

Distributed practice, also known as spaced repetition, is a widely-used strategy facilitating the repetition of lessons at increasing intervals until content is embedded. Reviewing information gradually contributes to successfully remembering information.

Ebbinghaus Curve

The Ebbinghaus Curve, also known as the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, was developed by Hermann Ebbinhaus in an effort to illustrate how the brain processes information. Based on a mathematical formula, the Ebbinghaus Curve indicates the rate at which information is forgotten after it has been learnt.


Gamification is a widely-employed strategy which incorporates gaming elements into training content. This may include leaderboards, point scores, star bars and prizing.
Synonym: Ludification.

Instructional Designer

Instructional designers are responsible for developing and curating courses for effective learning. To create great content, they need a top-tier authoring tool to encompass learning principles and strategies.

Instructional Design Framework 

Instructional design framework refers to the approach instructional designers take to implement educational technology or eLearning practices. A common framework for instructional designers is the TPACK (Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge) Framework.

Forgetting Curve

The forgetting curve dictates learners’ ability to remember new things or information, based on repetition and time. The curve concludes that following a study session, there is a decline in remembrance levels over time.

Learning Strategy

A learning strategy refers to the definition of goals for a learning program, followed by a logical explanation of how those goals will be achieved. In eLearning, learning strategies are essential to devise an effective learning solution in various industries.


An LMS is a Learning Management System and serves as a software application for the functions and delivery of learning and development programs. Corporate LMS’s are essential for the successful deployment of eLearning solutions.


Microlearning is the breaking down of information into topical, bite-sized chunks. By interacting with these highly-targeted learning bursts, lessons become much easier to digest and the likelihood of knowledge retention is increased. 


Microteaching is a technique used to educate students in a way that is concise and digestible. It is often used to empower learners to sustain hard and meaningful work.

Mobile Learning 

Mobile learning, or mLearning, is learning material conducted via portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets. It often involves unique features, such as gamification and social learning.


SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model and is a widely-compatible format used to distribute content. It is supported by an LMS and enables the communication between client side content and a host system.

Social Learning

Social learning, also known as Social Learning Theory, refers to learning from and with others. It enables learners to add their own point of view and empowers learners to share and learn from each other. 

Spaced Learning

Spaced learning, also known as spaced repetition, provides content in intervals, syncing with the way our brain functions in an effort to embed maximum knowledge.

Spaced Repetition

Spaced repetition, also referred to as distributed practice, is a widely-used and highly effective method of learning, designed to provide lessons at increasing intervals until knowledge is fully embedded in long-term memory.

Spaced Repetition FlashCard

A spaced repetition flashcard is traditionally a paper card with a question on one side and the answer on the other. The modern equivalent is EdApp’s interactive templates, whereby spaced repetition can be physically applied through interactivities.

Spaced Repetition Schedule

A spaced repetition schedule dictates how frequently lessons should be re-taken in order to boost retention and embed knowledge.


xAPI, or Experience API, or Tin Can API, is an eLearning software specification enabling learning systems and content to communicate. It is used to collect data by tracking all types of learning experiences.
Also known as: Tin Can.

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