Essential Question: How can we manage the change that is inherent in our distance learning efforts?
This week we talked about how online learning is constantly changing and how to successfully cope. Because distance education relies on the technology, it will never be a one-answer solution to all our needs. Hardware, software, other teaching aids (tools) and even browsers are always updating and becoming obsolete. The challenge is how do we deal with all of it?
Because I have been in the IT field, I can see that I have seen some many great tools and even more that we not so good. I try to hone in on what my inner circle needs and what is relevant to what I am trying to do. I try to become familiar with them and see what other comparable technologies exist. I would think the same goes for the educational industry. There are so many useful programs that we are just waiting to be discovered.
Because these technologies are surfacing so fast, instructors do not always have time to be trained properly on how to use them. I do think that this factor that can affect the quality of the lesson plans. Instructors need to be allowed access to training and time so that they can develop quality lessons.
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