Glossary of terms
What does it all mean? There are a number of academic terms and phrases used in college. Here we explain what some of them mean for you.
Brightspace is the university's new Learning Environment (LE) and replaced Blackboard 1st August 2019.
This technology is a means of providing a range of H.E on-line materials to students. Materials can be accessed on a 24/7 basis, which means that students can study whenever and wherever they are (provided that Internet access is available).
Closed book examination
Exams that you are not allowed to take books or notes to.
Accessing courses from home or a Learning Centre.
E-portfolio (electronic portfolio)
Student materials / coursework held electronically on-line.
Learning resources available through the internet.
Learning which is not tied to a place or time – often distance learning.
Internet based courses
Courses supported using virtual learning environments or other computer mediated study.
Internet supported lectures
Lectures for which notes and other materials are available online.
Course taught across the university with staff and students located in several colleges. Classes can be taught by VC seminars and supported by online materials in VLE.
On-line learning / modules
Learning that is available through the internet, usually at a flexible time.
Study using course materials but without attending classes.
Collection of research materials/ activities.
Video conference (VC)
Two way media linking together students and staff around the UHI network. TV screens display images of the participants, documents and slides. Students can ask questions as well as receive lectures.
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Computer mediated learning using online materials which can be accessed on-line at the students’ convenience – we use Blackboard.
Accreditation for placements with industry.