PDP 101

How to Navigate the PDP Online Courses


Glossary of Terms:  PDP 101

anti-virus software: An application, which can be purchased and installed on your computer, which may prevent the downloading of known viruses to your computer. Anti-virus software must be updated frequently for optimal effectiveness.

browser: An application installed on your computer used to view the internet. You must have an ISP to view the internet with a browser. Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer are popular web browsers for Windows, and Safari for Mac computers.

download: The transfer of information from the Internet to your computer. Every time you view a page through your web browser, you download the information.

external link: a hyperlink which brings you (the internet user) to a website other than the one they are already browsing.

FAQ: An acronym for Frequently Asked Questions. FAQ is exactly what it sounds like: Frequently Asked Questions, with the answers of course. FAQ usually serves as a mini-help file.

Firefox: A popular web browser created by Mozilla. The latest versions are available free to download if used for educational purposes at http://www.mozilla.org.

home page: This is the “front door” webpage of a website. It is possible to connect to a website without going through the home page if you know the URL of a specific page on the site, but generally this is the first page you will see.

HTML: hyper-text markup language.  Hyper Text Mark Up Language. The language used to write documents on the world wide web. You don’t need to know what HTML is to use the web, only if you want to write your own web pages.

icon: A picture which symbolizes a word or idea. You can see an explanation of the icons used in the PDP program in Lecture 2.e of PDP 101.

internal link:   a hyperlink to something else within the same webpage

internet: A network of computer networks. The phrase “the Internet” loosely refers to the collection of all the linked networks in the world.

Internet Explorer: A popular web browser created by Microsoft, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/products/ie/home

ISP (internet service provider): A company which provides a connection to the internet.

intranet: A company’s private network used for internal communication use.

LAN: (Local Area Network) A collection of computers, connected to each other, for the purpose of file sharing and software sharing. This is usually seen in office settings.

link (hyperlink): A link will transport you from one Internet site to another with just a click of your mouse. Links can be text or graphic, and are recognizable once you know what to look for. Text links usually will be underlined, and are often a different color from the rest of the text on your screen.

Linux (graphical Unix): An operating system which is often used for network management. It is the graphical interface version of UNIX

Macintosh (Mac): A line of computers made by the Apple corporation.

main window:  The larger window where subject specific content is located when viewing the website through frames.

modem: A hardware component that is part of a computer which connects the computer to an open telephone line.

PC (personal computer/IBM compatible): a classification of computers.

PDP: The Professional Development Program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  More information can be seen here:  /develop/distance-learning

Safari: A popular web browser created by Apple for Mac and PC computers. The latest versions are available free to download http://www.apple.com/safari

search engine: A program used to search the world wide web by keywords to find webpages on a specific topic.

server: Servers are the foundation of the internet. Servers are the computer which modems can dial up to. Servers contain the websites published for public viewing.

URL: Universal Resource Locator. The web address used to find a specific webpage. The URL for the PDP homepage is /develop/distance-learning

virus: A file, usually circulated unknowingly through emails or websites, which causes errors on your computer.

webpage: a single HTML file on the world wide web.

website: a collection of webpages with connecting subject content.