Glossary for the Technologically challenged

A list for learners.

One challenge I am experiencing is a non-familiarity with the many terms and acronyms used with respect to technology being used in EDU8117.

So this page contains an ever-growing list of the many terms someone who is unfamiliar with networked and global learning – and it’s associated technologies – might find useful.

What it has also helped me learn is about when I might use a page and when I might use a blogpost.


Term Explanation
css cascading style sheet – formats the look of webpages (ie the heading on this page is 26 pixels tall and green; this form has a drop shadow)
heuristic Heuristic (Greek: “find” or “discover”) refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery that give a solution which is not guaranteed to be optimal [Source: wikipedia]
html hypertext markup language is the basic building block for the website – contains structure (heading, paragraph, form etc) and content
OPML Outline Processor Markup Language – XML format for outlining
Pedagogy Pedagogy is the science and art of education. Its aims range from the full development of the human being to skills acquisition. [Source: wikipedia]
RSS RSS (Rich Site Summary); aka Really Simple Syndication.
Links RSS – XML – OPML  [Source: wikipedia]
SEO Search engine optimisation
WordPress page Best suited for information that is constantly available such as the masthead on a newspaper; or business contact information. Infrastructure
WordPress post Best suited for information that is transient; such as an announcement, or passing comment; date based information
WordPress shortcode The link that displays content created in another part of wordpress

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