A cybercell is a face-to-face group whose members extend their discussion to include virtual visitors (Stevens & Stewart, 2005a). This recent addition to the lexicon of e-learning describes the integration of actual and virtual discussions, meetings, and classes and has particular application in Internet-based networks of schools (Stevens, 2005b). Cybercells provide teachers with opportunities to discuss their respective work with other teachers on-site and online, for students to similarly discuss their work with other students and for teachers to engage students in both actual and virtual environments.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Advanced Placement (AP): High school courses administered from Baltimore, Maryland that are of post-high school curriculum standard. Many North American universities provide credit towards first-year courses depending on the standard of pass obtained.
Open Classes: Classes in schools that are academically and administratively integrated so that teachers and learners can collaborate.
Asynchronous: In delayed time (e.g., learning from a Web site at a time that is personally convenient).
Cybercell: A face-to-face group whose members extend their discussion to include virtual visitors.
Digital Intranet: Schools, usually located in rural communities, that are linked through the Internet for collaborative teaching and learning.
Synchronous: In real time (e.g., face-to-face instruction).
Actual Learning Spaces: Spaces in which face-to-face instruction is provided in physical educational environments such as traditional schools.
Virtual Learning Spaces: Learning spaces that are created in an Internet-based educational environment.
E-Teachers: Teachers who teach online, through the Internet.
Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI): A centre within the Department of Education of Newfoundland and Labrador that promotes e-learning teams and strives to provide access to extended educational opportunities for students, teachers, and other adult learners in both rural and urban communities within the province.