Example 3: Asynchronous Training

In order to improve the poor safety record of the biodiesel manufacturing plant I would seek to deliver my instruction in a step by step method first, I would have the trainees view a streaming video which details the step by step process of working with heavy machinery. This module will illustrate best practices on how to safely operate all the machinery that are on the plant floor. Streaming videos is known as webcasting when it is done over the internet; this type of system can be broadcast over the large audiences and allows the content to be accessed through synchronous and asynchronous fashions. Streaming videos can be live or can be recorded. Greenberg, A. D. and Zanetis, J. (2012, March).

A student can stream a video with many benefits, students during video streaming can pause, rewind, replay, and download content which can be reviewed at a later date whether it is in the classroom or in the convenience of the their own homes. Greenberg, A. D. and Zanetis, J. (2012, March). For example, The University of Michigan uses streaming videos on a daily basis to educate and inform their students and faculty. Greenberg, A. D. and Zanetis, J. (2012, March) posited, that incorporating streaming videos has opened up access to user-generated video and the “back and forth” of instructor-to-learner and learner-to-learner interaction, which stands in contrast to the old instructional video model. Using streaming videos is a great way for learners in the distance learning to study the media and be present at all sessions by choosing where they want to access the video and show full participation in the distance learning course.

‘Technology may facilitate collaboration and interaction. Engagement theory ascertains that technology can achieve certain types of engagement and interactions that would otherwise not be possible’ (Kearsley & Shneiderman, 1999). Secondly the focus will be on ensuring that all shifts at the plant along with shifts supervisors are fully engaged and can fully demonstrate what they have learned from the modules. This will be done by ensuring that everyone completes an online assessment, by completing this assessment the effectiveness of the training will be discovered through their responses. Online assessment is a great tool for accountability. According to Marcel Robles (2002) online assessments are more than testing and evaluating students, it can be viewed as a system of evaluating students’ academic achievement.  There are many websites that allows designers to create online assessments, Websites such as http://www.classmarker.com/ allows designers to customize online test and educational assessments which can be graded instantly. An example of a school that uses the online assessment system is the State of Georgia Department of Education.

The teachers use the online assessment system tool for learning, the teachers uses the results from the assessment to evaluate each student and see whether or not their objectives were met. The students in the Georgia as a member of the public school access the test which is same as the test that is offered in paper after taking the test the students are able to see their strengths and their weaknesses. The parents of the students who have taken the test can log in and see their student’s reports. Incorporating online assessment in distance learning can cause students and teacher to be on the same page as they will be able to see the results of their learning in real time causing room for desired feedback. This causes the students and the teacher to see if the objects of the course were met and if the students comprehend the content. This is a great way for the designer to evaluate the outcome of the course.

References

Beldarrain, Y. (2006). Distance education trends: Integrating new technologies to foster student

interaction and collaboration. Distance Education, 27(2),139–153.

Georgia Online assessment system retrieved from https://www.georgiaoas.org/servlet/a2l

Greenberg, A. D. and Zanetis, J. (2012, March). The impact of broadcast and streaming video in

education. Retrieved from  http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/docs/education/ciscovideowp.pdf

Online assessment site retrieved from http://www.classmarker.com/

Online assessment techniques retrieved from

http://www.acousticslab.org/dots_sample/module2/RoblesAndBraathen2002.pdf

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