A list of useful glossaries from the area of education, IT and technology enhanced learning.



Learning and Teaching:

To collect the terms that are used in the education and technology contexts.



Accommodation – The term “accommodation” may be used to describe an alteration of environment, curriculum format, or equipment that allows an individual with a disability to gain access to content and/or complete assigned tasks. (from the DO-IT program website, University of Washington)

Assistive Technology – is any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people. (FAST – King’s Fund consultation, 2001)


Born accessible means in the context of inclusive design for learning and the benefits to students of providing multiple formats. (from the Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments course)


Concept map – A concept map or conceptual diagram is a diagram that depicts suggested relationships between concepts. It is a graphical tool that instructional designers, engineers, technical writers, and others use to organize and structure knowledge. (from the mindmappingsoftwareblog)

Content Management System (CMS) – A software application that allows users to collaborate in the creation, editing, and production of digital content: web pages, blog posts, etc. (from Sitecore)


Inclusive design – A design methodology that enables and draws on the full range of human diversity. (from the Microsoft inclusive design toolkit manual, p.11)

Impairment – An impairment is defined as long-term limitation of a person’s physical, mental or sensory function. (from the Scope website)


Mind map – A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those. (from the mindmappingsoftwareblog)

Modification – The term “modification” may be used to describe a change in the curriculum. Modifications are made for students with disabilities who are unable to comprehend all of the content an instructor is teaching. (from the DO-IT program website, University of Washington)


Reasonable adjustment – A reasonable adjustment is a duty to avoid as far as possible by reasonable means the disadvantage which a disabled student experiences because of their disability. The duty requires an institution to take positive steps to ensure that disabled students can fully participate in the education and other benefits, facilities and services provided for students. (from The UK Department of Education report – “Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as a Route to Excellence”, p.12)

Retweet – A function in Twitter to repost a message from another Twitter users and share it with your own followers. It is known as “RT” in Twitter.




Universal Design – The design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. (from Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority)


Webinar – Short for Web-based seminar, a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Web.