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Term2.png AVATAR
Virtual digital image representing a person in online environments. In e-learning avatars usually represent the learners. The term comes from a Sanskrit word with origins in Hindu culture referring to the descent of a deity to earth, in an incarnate form. [1] Avatar was adopted in the mid 1980s by computing and science fiction genres as a representation of a person or character in a computer generated environment.


  1. Matchett, F., Krishna, Lord or Avatara : the relationship between Krishna and Vishnu, Routledge, 2001, p. 4