Glossary

Glossary of terms for the 2020-2021 school year

Anyone who has a student or who is interested in education policy knows that education involves a lot of jargon! The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced schools to change systems that have been in place for generations, and these changes have results in new terms and complex language that families may not be familiar with. This page will define some of these new terms. Feel free to suggest additions to communications@isd623.org.

Glossary

  • in-person learning: All students learn at school with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
  • distance learning: Students and instructors are not in the same physical space. All students have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s) as outlined in the State of Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan. 
    1. synchronous learning: a form of learning that involves live classroom activities, meetings, and small group instruction where students are online with their teacher and classmates at the same time.
    2. asynchronous learning: a form of learning where students work at their own pace to meet daily or weekly deadlines, and interactions with teachers and peers are through pre-recorded video or online text.
  • blended learning: Students learn through a combination of distance-learning activities and in-person learning, but with strict social distancing and limits to the number of students and staff present at one time. This is sometimes also called "hybrid learning."