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Asynchronous: Asynchronous literally means 'not synchronised', and when referring to communication, means that which takes place at different times. Email is an example of asynchronous communication, as one person sends a message and has no control over when the other person will access it.
Bandwidth: How much information can be sent or received through a connection to the Internet and usually measured in kilobits-per-second (kpbs) or megabits-per-second (Mpbs).
Moodle calls the various information sections 'Blocks' (see image). You can choose which blocks you want on the main page of your course, and when you 'turn editing on' you'll be able to add and delete the different blocks. In the image below you see 3 blocks: courses, people and administration. Other blocks you might want to add are a calendar or rss feeds to relevant websites.
Broadband: A high-speed, high-capacity transmission channel carried on fibre optic, coaxial cable or via satellite. Broadband connections have a wider bandwidth than conventional telephone lines, giving them the ability to carry video, voice and data simultaneously.
Moodle: Moodle is an open-source virtual learning environment (VLE). The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is mostly useful to programmers and education theorists. It's also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course. Anyone who uses Moodle is a Moodler.
Profile: All participants in this Moodle have a profile. When you enrol on a course, you will have to enter personal details about yourself like your name and email address - these will be part of your profile and other students and tutors will see this information. You can also add a picture, more information about yourself and if you'd like to - a poem. When you click on your name or picture you can update your profile, when you click on other people's names you will see their full profile.
PSO: PSO is short for the main page of the Poetry School Online. At the top of your schree, just under the red bar, the first word you will see is PSO. Subsequent arrows tell you if you're in a particular course, forum or assignment. Use this to navigate between the different pages, clicking on PSO will take you back to the home page.
Synchronous: Synchronous literally means 'at the same time', and when referring to communication, means that which takes place at the same time. For example, online chat is synchronous as both participants are exchanging information in 'real time'. Email is an example of asynchronous communication, as one person sends a message and has no control over when the other person will access it.
Teacher: Moodle calls all tutors 'teachers'. The teacher of your course has full access to the course modules and will be in charge of the content.
VLE: Virtual Learning Environment