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Glossary : Starting from E


A Periodical that is available in an electronic or computerized form such as on the Web or on CD-ROM. An abbreviated term for electronic journal.

E-learning (electronic learning)

Term covering a wide set of applications and processes, such as Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration. It includes the delivery of content via Internet, intranet/extranet (LAN/WAN), audio- and videotape, satellite broadcast, interactive TV, CD-ROM, and more.


Books, manuscripts, and other materials in electronic or digitized format. This category generally does not include electronic journals.


See TBT.


European Article Number


An ebook is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. The term is used ambiguously to refer to either an individual work in a digital format, or a hardware device used to read books in digital format. eBooks are books that are available in digital format. eBooks are ordered online and delivered electronically to your computer.

Echo cancellation

The process of eliminating the acoustic echo in a videoconferencing room.


1) all copies of a bibliographic item produced from the same master copy. A citation will not usually indicate a "first edition," but will note later editions: "revised edition," "fifth edition," etc. 2) one of the various editions of a newspaper or magazine printed at different times of the day, etc.; for example: " daily edition," "evening edition" or "special edition."

Electronic Journals

Journals published in electronic format. All the individual electronic journals available at UWE are listed on the Library Catalogue. Collections of electronic journals from a single publisher or supplier are listed in the library's list of electronic resources.

Electronic Resources

Resources that are available electronically, usually via the internet, such as bibliographic and full-text databases and electronic books, to which the library subscribes. The library uses the term 'electronic resources' for resources that are accessed remotely


electronic mail transmission of letters and other documents from one computer to another through a telecommunications network.

Email (electronic mail)

Messages sent from one computer user to another.

Email list

A form of one-to-many communication using email; a software program for automating mailing lists and discussion groups on a computer network.


An amount allocated in the budget at the time materials are ordered. If no price can be located, librarians estimate cost on the basis of past purchases or using publications such as Margaret Maes Axtmann’s annual Price Index for Legal Publications. An amount is also estimated for shipping and handling for each order and added to the cost of each title.


A work containing factual articles on subjects in every field of knowledge, usually arranged alphabetically. A SUBJECT ENCYCLOPEDIA is a similar work on a single field of activity or a single subject. An encyclopedia can be one volume or many volumes, depending on the amount of material included.

End-to-end solution

A marketing term used by large e-learning suppliers; meant to imply that their products and services will handle all aspects of e-learning.

End user

The person for whom a particular technology is designed; the individual who uses the technology for its designated purpose. In e-learning, the end user is usually the student.

Enterprise-wide e-learning

E-learning that's intended for all or most employees within a company. It's often part of a strategic change of direction with a very short timeline, but is also used to support a core process such as sales.

EPSS (electronic performance support system)

1) A computer application that's linked directly to another application to train or guide workers through completing a task in the target application. 2) More generally, a computer or other device that gives workers information or resources to help them accomplish a task or achieve performance requirements.

ERP (enterprise resource planning)

A set of activities supported by application software that helps a company manage such core parts of its business as product planning, parts purchasing, inventory management, order tracking, and customer service. Can also include modules for finance and HR activities. The deployment of an ERP system can involve considerable business process analysis, employee retraining, and new work procedures.


Design principles relating to the comfort, efficiency, and safety of users.


A type of local area network, originally developed at Xerox, in which computers communicate through radio frequency signals sent over coaxial cable.


Denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people


Any systematic method for gathering information about the impact and effectiveness of a learning offering. Results of the measurements can be used to improve the offering, determine whether the learning objectives have been achieved, and assess the value of the offering to the organization.

Exchange Department

The library division which handles exchanges of publications among cooperating institutions.


The ability to expand and adapt an e-learning application or infrastructure by adding features, components, or services to a core set of capabilities.


A local-area network (LAN) or wide-area network (WAN) using TCP/IP, HTML, SMTP, and other open Internet-based standards to transport information. An extranet is only available to people inside and certain people outside an organization, as determined by the organization.

Exit Permit

The printed form used to issue otherwise non-circulating material to authorized faculty and graduate students, generally for a few hours or overnight, and sometimes only with the consent of the librarian responsible for the subject area.

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