Last updated: 15.05.24

Decoding Digital Training: Defining the Jargon


In the rapidly evolving landscape of digital training, navigating through the technical jargon can feel overwhelming, leaving many feeling alienated from understanding the core concepts. But behind the curtain of complex terminology lies a world of innovative strategies designed to enhance learning experiences. Understanding these terms is not only essential for success in digital training but also empowers individuals to harness the full potential of online resources.

Below, you'll find an essential glossary of terms commonly used in the realm of online learning and professional development, along with simple explanations to illuminate their meanings. 



Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI-powered adaptive learning algorithms optimise personalised learning paths.

AI utilises data to tailor learning experiences to individual learners, making them more efficient and effective.

Content Curation

The process of organising and presenting vast amounts of web and enterprise-based content in an organised and meaningful format.

Content curation involves arranging and showcasing large amounts of online and business-related content in a clear way.
Learning Management System

Cloud-based LMS platforms streamline content delivery and learner analytics.

LMS platforms provide centralised hubs for organising, delivering, and tracking learning content and progress, accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.


Bite-sized content chunks facilitate just-in-time learning.

Microlearning breaks down complex topics into small, digestible modules,


Ensuring digital content and technology has the capability to be executed by everyone, including people with disabilities.

Making sure websites, apps, and online training is easy for everyone to use, including people with disabilities.

User Experience (UX) Design

UX-focused design principles ensure intuitive navigation and accessibility.

UX design prioritises creating seamless and user-friendly interfaces, making it easy for learners to navigate through training materials without confusion.

Blended Learning

Blended learning combines online and offline modalities for a holistic learning experience.

Blended learning integrates traditional face-to-face instruction with digital resources, offering flexibility and catering to different learning preferences.

Analytics and Insights

Data-driven analytics provide actionable insights into learner behaviour and performance.

Analytics track learner progress and interactions with training materials, enabling instructors to identify areas for improvement and personalise learning experiences.


So there you have it—digital training doesn't have to be shrouded in mystery and confusion. By defining the jargon and understanding the essence of these buzzwords, we can unlock a world of exciting learning opportunities. Whether you're diving into blended learning or mastering new skills through microlearning, there's something for everyone in the world of digital training.

This guide is just the beginning. The landscape of digital training is constantly evolving, with new terms and concepts emerging all the time. Explore online resources, join forums, and engage with communities passionate about digital learning. The more you immerse yourself, the more proficient you'll become in deciphering the ever-expanding world of digital training.

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