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Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a development standard for e-learning software.


A web browser primarily used on Apple Macs.

Social Networking

Social networking refers to the processes and benefits offered by sites such as mySpace and Facebook. The networking takes the form of members making friends with other members, and then forming groups and communities with these friends. Tools such as blogging and online chat rooms help to develop these relationships.


SWF is the file extension created by Adobe Flash products. SWF files are often used on the internet where animation or certain interactions are required. A lot of e-learning materials are developed in flash. The best way to create swf files is by using Adobe Flash.


"Streaming" is the act of splitting a multimedia file into small sections and beginning to run it immediately and before the later sections have arrived. In this way people accessing the file do not have to download the entire file before anything happens. Streaming often requires a special server.



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