SPOTLIGHT ON EMERGINGTECHNOLOGY Online Learning
What instructional gaps canwe ﬁll with online learning?People remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see,50% of what they hear and see, 75% of what they discuss with others, and 90% of what they explain to others.
Therefore, we need to focus oncreating opportunities for students to teach each other and providing meaningful, authentic learning environments. So...what is online learning? Online learning is a course taught primarily on the Internet.
Positives of Online Learning At your own pace learning More engaging materials available More academic and social responsibility Use of many technology tools Early preparation for the 21st century job world
Adva stude nced s on move nts canFocu ual on to ividind ery chall more ast engin m mate g of s kills rialSELF-PACE LEARNING All s tude the c nts ha han ve wor ce to prog k an ress d own at thei pace r .
ENGAGEMENT “We must commit ourselves to make education as engaging, interactive, and participatory as the immersive video games students spend hours mastering” (Young, Birtolo, & McElman, 2009, p. 16). tr ips eld online al ﬁ blogsvirtu chats intera ctive websi digital tes stories voicethreadwikis s
Pr om t en ot em es ag in tri an ns em ic m im ot st iva nt tio de n tu e ss ch aTe ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
“A combination of ﬂexibility, Critical Collaborative independence, and experience with online tools improves critical thinkingcommunication thinking, research, and computer skills skills in online learning” (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007, p.13). 21ST CENTURY SKILLS Global Leadership awareness roles Social skills (Young, Birtolo, McElman, 2009)
Why not?Change can be diﬃcult.Many obstacles may bein the way or questionsmay arise. Here aresome commonconcerns when dealingwith online learning.
Do I have the computer skills necessary?With our administration on board, the equipment,time, incentives, training, and support services will beprovided to get the job done (Gillard & Bailey, 2007).Use co-workers to gain ideas and knowledge.Change is a process, not an event. Focus on the ﬁnaloutcome and continue taking advantage of theopportunities presented to incorporate the onlinelearning.
Will the student/teacher relationship suffer? Interactions between teachers and students were more focused on teaching and learning (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007). Teachers can give individualized attention to each student. Teachers can coach students one- on-one or in small group sessions.
Are students still held accountable for their learning? Surveys can be used to Online quizzes and learn about your tests can be made a students learning styles given. and preferences. Projects can be Chats and discussions assigned and posted to can be monitored within group blogs or wikis. classrooms such as Moodle.
Are students responsibleenough for online learning?
Teachers must scaﬀold instruction and activities so thestudents can get used to participating in discussionsand turning in their assignments by a certain due date.Provide students with a pre-due date so you can assesstheir progress and oﬀer suggestions.Permit students to resubmit their work until they haveperfected it (Young, Birtolo, & McElman, 2009).Motivation will be higher so the students will be morewilling to work to their full potential when technologyis involved.
“As educators, we should be using technology as a critical design factor, in combination withresearch on how people best learn, to establish new and differentenvironments for student-centered learning” (Lemke & Coughlin, 2009, p.54).
REFERENCESCavanaugh, C., & Clark, T. (2007). The Landscape of K-12 Online Learning. In P. Adamson, B. Adamson, & N. Clausen-Grace, etal (Eds.), What Works in K-12 Online Learning (Chapter 1, pp.5-19). Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.Gillard, S., & Bailey, D. (2007). Technology in the classroom: Overcoming obstacles, reaping rewards. The International Journal of Learning, 14(1), 87-93.Lemke, C., & Coughlin, E. (2009). The change agents. Educational Leadership, 67(1),54-59Young, J., Birtolo, P., McElman, R. (2009). Virtual success: Transforming education through online learning. Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(5), 12-17.
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