Technology and multimedia has a major impact on the online learning environment as they act as a replacement for the actual teacher in the physical classroom. Having quality multimedia will make the online learner more comfortable as he or she will have less difficulty transitioning through the different learning phases. Technoling is the backbone of the online classroom, this is only connection between the learner and the instructor as well as the virtual classmates. In using technology the instructor is required to provide all the instructional tools, keep up to date with the discussion, maintain synchronous collaboration, as well as to upload required software where possible. The student in the situation is expected to participate in all learning activities, access all the virtual links, and material given. All these put together will enable all the parties involved to have a successful online learning experience.
The most important considerations an online instructor should make before implementing technology would be the learners and their ability to manipulate the material. The instructor should always consider the audience to which it serves, this will allow the instructor to make the selected program chosen as user friendly as possible.
The would be a major break down in the online classroom if the materials cannot be accessed. This is based on the fact that the learners rely on the use of the materials and different instructional aid, to assist in the transition of the online learning experience. Without the required materials learners would not be able to complete the given task which would make the job of the instructor a difficult one as the are not in the same geographical location.
I enjoy the tools that are being introduced into the classroom. The best for me is using the chromebooks, I like them because the boot up in 8 seconds. This takes all the wait away from the students and the teachers. “ The instructor needs to ensure that the week before the class begins the students are reminded on the online skills required for them to be successful in the course. The instructor needs to also remind the students that their are online support available to help them maneuver areas that they find difficult online.” Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. (2010)
I have learned how to look at my entire class boore creating and designing a learning program for students, I have learned that it is best to consider the learners on a whole and their capabilities instead of assuming we should study each of their learning styles and how the class can be served as a whole with one simple instruction.“One of the best ways to start an online course on the right foot is to focus on social presence activities for both learners and faculty. Getting acquainted at the social level creates a trusting and understanding environment for reaching out and risking beliefs in the content discussions.” Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. (2010)
Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. (2010). The online teaching survival guide: Simple and practical pedagogical tips. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Conrad, R., & Donaldson, J. A. (2011). Engaging the online learner: Activities and resources for creative instruction (Updated ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.