As Instructional Designers and Online Instructors succeed in setting up an online environment conducive to deep learning, we begin to realize that the initial planning has deeper requirements than meets the eye, so to speak. Particularly on the subject of ‘Technology’. Below, are three salient questions and the answers I am providing to them. Please, feel free to post your comments and let me know your thoughts on the subject-matter.
- What is the significance of knowing the technology available to you?
Knowing what technology is available will help advice good choice and timely application. It will give meaning and interpretation to potential gains as one can leverage key aspects of available software and infrastructure. Examples are communication opportunities. (Skype, iMessage, Voice Over Internet Protocol telephony and Bluetooth connectivity etc.) Emails now have the capability of extensive file size portability and can be embedded with audio and video files.
- Why is it essential to communicate clear expectations to learners?
Helps set goals. It gives the learner a sense of inclusiveness and responsibility for their learning. Most learners in the online arena are adults, having other engaging activities on their schedules. However, because of their ability to critical think, process think and make sound prioritizing decisions they will usually rise-up to the task if they are given adequate inclusiveness.
- What additional considerations should the instructor take into account when setting up an online learning experience?
The makeup of Online Community is of great interest. Despite the andragogic nature of the population’s learning style, there still exists a lot of variability in cohorts. The instructor must be inquisitive and help individuals express themselves by facilitating continuous dialogue and community interaction throughout the course.
In conclusion, Instructional Designers, Project Managers, and Instructors are all wearing the caps of effectiveness. They are key process actors and it is best for them to do their job right-the-first time, then plan to repair what does not turn out right in the future. Therefore, the right choice of tools, based on informed expertise, is the way to go for quality outcomes and excellence.
Thank you for taking time to read this post, and I look forward to your comments