Activity document - a word processing document that contains the XML markup tags for the applied learning activity. The activity document can contain additional materials related to the activity such as instructions, background information,  images, videos, links to other resources, etc.

ALP Advanced - the subscription version of the Applied Learning Platform that includes Presenter, Creator Advanced, and Evaluator Advanced.

ALP Basic - the free version of the Applied Learning Platform. It includes Presenter, Creator Basic, and Peer Evaluator.

Applied learning activity - an activity that is created using the Applied Learning Platform and represented by the XML markup tags created with either Creator Basic or Creator Advanced.

Assertions - entries in an assessment that represent what a learner thinks are occurring. These assertions are justified by learner observations from the scenario of the activity.

Assessment - an outline that integrates observations from a scenario with the learner's knowledge (mental schema) that explains those observations. An assessment enables learners and educators to see what one another is thinking along with the evidence for those thoughts. Assessments can be used to represent understanding of any scenario for any domain at any level of detail. Examples include diagnosis of problems in humans, plants, or animals, or troubleshooting mechanical and technical issues. Other areas that require critical thinking for success include plant breeding, biochemistry, psychotherapy, emergency management protocols, an approach to solving a problem, or a creating a plan of action.

Assessment abbreviations - single character designations for entries in an assessment. These entries include and are not limited to Observations, Assertions, Questions, and Framework entries.

Assessment relationship - an explicitly identified relationship between two entries in an assessment.

Contributors - individuals  or organizations who contribute to creating or making the applied learning activity available, such as attribution for case materials, sponsorship, authorship, etc.

Creator Advanced - the advanced version of the authoring component of the Applied Learning Platform.

Creator Basic - the basic version of the authoring component of the Applied Learning Platform.

Discussion - an option available in Creator Advanced that provides authors with the ability to a summary discussion that learners can view once they have completed their assessment.

Encoding and decoding - either an entire activity  document or specific components such as a reference assessment or discussion can be encoded to prevent viewing by a learner prior to working through an activity. The encoded document or components can be decoded either automatically by Presenter, or by requiring learners to enter a private key.

Evaluator Basic - the component of the Applied Learning Platform used for basic evaluation usually used for peer-evaluation.

Evaluator Advanced - the component of the Applied Learning Platform used for advanced evaluation usually used by educators.

Framework - a set of assessment or selectable entries supplied by the activity author to guide a learner in constructing an assessment. A framework provides scaffolding to focus learner attention on a particular emphasis or perspective for considering the activity. Frameworks can be general or specific. An example of a general framework is one for ruling in or out differential diagnoses, and a specific framework could be a set of step-by-step questions that guide a learner in creating an assessment.

Knowledge evaluation - a set of author-defined multiple choice and/or short answer questions included with an activity used to highlight learning objectives.

Observations - relevant information identified in the activity scenario, which is included in the presenting information or table data.

Presenter - the component of the Applied Learning Platform that learners use to work through an applied learning activity.

Presenting information - the initial narrative scenario from which learners make observations that are used in creating an assessment.

Reference assessment - an assessment provided by the author of an applied learning activity that is either included with a the activity when authored with Creator Advanced, or made available from an external source when an activity is authored with Creator Basic.

Self-assessment - a component of an applied learning activity in which learners are provided with a list of topics that should have been addressed in their assessment. To complete the self-assessment, learners drag and drop components of their assessment under the appropriate topic, and submit the results for instructor or peer evaluation and feedback. Topics without assessment entries indicate that those topics were not addressed in the learner's assessment.

Table data - data that is presented in table form in the Presenting Information view of Presenter.