by Julie Meloni
The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 31, 2010 v57 i11 pNA
This short and easy read contains a summary of key technologies available to online instructors - the technologies are not born as instructional tools but they are presented as support for educational goals available to practitioners.
- Considerations around synchronous and asynchronous communication, including use of discussion boards, chat room and emails.
- A nice reflection is made about the idea of using blogs as teaching tools. Blogs remain an authoring voicing choice that give the owner of the blog a lot of space and opportunities to grow as a writer, for a variety of audiences. Certainly a communication tool worth exploring.
- Consider selecting and sequencing the steps at which new tools are presented and implemented in the online environment - too many too fast will result in negative perceptions and experiences.
- Course content managing tools mentioned in the article include suggestions around cloud-computing, as well as LMS from a variety of different providers.
- Collaboration remains also a key feature of online learning - share ideas within the institution as well as across other organizations and specialists in the field.
Simple but effective ideas for beginner users of online instructional devices and platforms.