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EDUC 7102 Module 2 Blog Post: Communication

Communication is any time an exchange of information exists.  Technology has globalized communication through the use of the Internet and mobile devices.  The world is completely different place now in comparison when the Pony Express was in existence.  People had to wait days to receive a notice, but now within seconds a message can be sent and delivered. 

I do think that communication has increased through the use of social networks, discussion boards, YouTube, blogs, video chat, skype and many other tools.  People are always communicating and sharing their life with the world.  Society has become digital and dependent upon their technology devices.

Even though there is more communication there is less face-to-face communication; therefore, that skill is a missing link as kids grow-up.  Is it ok that students are spending more time in front of a technological device instead of in front of an actual person? 

The first blog I looked at, Courtney’s blog, had the same thought that I did that communication has grown and exceeded what was originally thought or dreamed.  It is hard to believe that communication began with cave drawings and now in 2013 we have iPads and cell phones along with other mobile devices that make communication easy and simple.  It is unimaginable where the world might be in fifty years. 

The second blog discussed the importance of distance education and how it has opened up education around the world.  Communication between two people no longer takes days or even weeks, within a matter of seconds or even at the same time communication can take place.  This has allowed people from across the world to receive the opportunities of attending universities of their choice and even more opportunities through open market.

The third blog on communication I investigated mentioned the same thoughts I had about how distance education is actually harming students because they don’t have an authority figure, like in the classroom.  I understand where the author is coming out, but I don’t think all students are disrespectful due to the amount of technology they are using.  A true distance learning atmosphere is still going to have the teacher who assigns and grades work.  The instructor also serves as the mediator when needed, so I don’t think we can blame distance education for the lack of respect that our students have towards each other and towards adults.  However, it may serve as a reason why they cannot communicate with students or other people in a face-to face environment.


Siemens, G. (2007, September). Podcast. Curatorial Teaching. Retrieved from

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Going the Distance

Educ 7102 Module 2: communication

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With the recent trend of technological advance, distance education or distance learning is becoming more recognized for its potential in providing individualized attention and communication with students internationally. Distance education has been described as a process to create and provide access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both.

Some of the benefits of distance education are expanding access, cost reduction, adaptation to new technology and environments, and flexibility for students. For these reasons it has become increasingly popular in universities across North America.

On the surface the benefits of distance education seem undeniable, but according to research students who engage in face-to-face learning have higher grades on average than those who participate in distance learning. This could be due to the fact that the internet is the medium through which distance education is achieved and the internet offers…

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Assistive Technology for Distance Learning

EDUC 7102 Communicaton

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What exactly is distance learning?

Distance learning, sometimes called e-learning, is a formalized teaching and learning system specifically designed to be carried out remotely by using electronic communication. Because distance learning is less expensive to support and is not constrained by geographic considerations, it offers opportunities in situations where traditional education has difficulty operating. Students with scheduling or distance problems can benefit, as can employees, because distance education can be more flexible in terms of time and can be delivered virtually anywhere.

Popular distance learning technologies include:

  • Voice-centered technology, such as CD or MP3recordings or Webcasts.
  • Video technology, such as instructional videos, DVD’s, and interactive-video-conferencing
  • Computer-centered technology delivered over the Internet or corporate intranet

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EDUC 7102 Module 2: Communiction


I agree that there has certainly been a growing acceptance of distance education over the last few years. Much of this is due to factors such as an increase in online communication, practical experience with new tools, growing comfort with online discourse, and the ability to communicate with diverse groups from around the world (Laureate Education, Inc., 2008). Among these I believe that communication is one of the greatest contributing factors to the growing acceptance of distance education.

Over time communication has made significant improvements. Many of the improvements in online communication have been directly related to the development of newer and better online tools. In the distance education setting we can communicate both synchronously or asynchronously using different tools. Synchronous communication (communication that occurs in real time) can be achieved through the use of tools such as video conferencing, skype, and live chats. Asynchronous communication which allows students to…

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EDUC 7102 Module 1: Blog Post 1

Michael SimonsonDistance Learning is evolving rapidly; regardless, of the number of people who are willing to accept it. Educators have an opportunity through distant learning to be able to meet the individual needs of students easier than the traditional face-to-face classroom. Through the use of a variety of technologies, teachers are able to meet the needs of students while providing a variety of learning experiences that will promote learning (Simonson, 2000).

All students have the potential to learn just as good if not better through an online learning environment that provides magnitude of learning opportunities to meet diverse learning needs (Simonson, 2000). Many traditional teachers struggle teaching in an online environment because they do not know how to organize their virtual classroom and thus having a negative impact on student learning (Huett, Moller, Foshay, and Coleman, 2008).

Moller, Foshay, Huett and Simonson understand that distant learning is increasing, and it is only getting bigger as time passes. They are also in agreement that the traditional classroom instruction cannot be duplicated for distant learning. If distant learning is going to be successful, and students are to achieve maximum results, then a new instruction needs to be designed for online learning. Simonson mentions that it is necessary for online learning to provide different but equivalent learning, focusing on the same objectives while offering a variety of experiences to reach every student (Simonson, 2000).

Individualized instruction is the biggest benefit of online learning, which will create an environment where all students can learn. Individualized learning is nothing new, but in the traditional classroom this was close to impossible, but now through the use of a variety of technologies educators can meet the needs to every student. It may be a lot of work, but the end has a silver lining that will be well worth every educator’s time and effort in designing a distant learning environment.

Huett, J., Moller, L., Foshay, W. & Coleman, C., (2008, September/October). The evolution of distance education: Implications for instructional design on the potential of the web (Part 3: K12). TechTrends, 52(5), 63-67.

Moller, L., Foshay, W., & Huett, J. (2008, May/June). The evolution of distance education: Implications for instructional design on the potential of the web (Part 1: Training and Development). TechTrends, 52(3), 70-75. Use the Academic Search Premier database, and search using the article’s Accession Number: 33281719
Moller, L., Foshay, W., & Huett, J. (2008, July/August). The evolution of distance education: Implications for instructional design on the potential of the web (Part 2: Higher Education). TechTrends, 52(4), 66-70. Use the Academic Search Premier database, and search using the article’s Accession Number: 33991516
Simonson, M. (2000). Making decisions: The use of electronic technology in online classes. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 84, 29-34.

An example of an online assignment that I had in one of my master’s degree courses was a group graphic organizer. Unfortunately, this was before the explosion of the web, and we did not have a wiki, so we had to complete the graphic organizer by emailing back and forth. I remember how much it was a pain to be the person in charge of editing and have to retype work submitted in a different format. Interaction between your group members was critical. In today’s digital society, groups complete this assignment using a wiki, without the headache and worry about formats. A wiki allows students to collaborate and manipulate a piece of work while the teacher observes and give guidance. Collaboration and the interaction within members of the group are essential for each person’s success in an online learning environment (Anderson, 2008).

The four goals are essential for the learner to receive the ultimate learning experience and be able to be successful in the learning environment. Online learning can provide the ultimate learning environment when there is an appropriate mix of interactions via content, teacher, and other students (Anderson, 2008).

Successful distance learning will have the constructivist theory as a foundation to provide an atmosphere engaging students through activities, student interaction, and reflections providing desired learning outcomes (Anderson, 2008). Distance learning must have some direction and goal in mind, but then allow the student to figure out the end destination through collaboration and on his/her own. Activities and various peer interactions support the student in their learning as they process the content and the thoughts of peers.


Anderson, T. (Ed.). (2008). The theory and practice of online learning. (2nd ed.). Edmonton, AB:  Athabasca University Press.




The success of any innovation is up to the beholder. An educational tool will only be successful if a teacher finds it useful and easy to use; otherwise, money wasted on another cool toy, at the time.

Unsuccessful innovation

Clickers / Individual Response systems

Successful Innovation


At one point clickers was the technology tool to have in order to individualize and accumulate fast data to determine student learning. As state test results plummet, teachers needed a way to see what their students were learning as they were teaching. The innovation of clickers was great due to the student interaction plus the immediate feedback. Lots of companies tried getting on the bandwagon of clickers and then some companies created devices that were not compatible with “any” equipment; therefore, making it difficult to install and use. Teachers who have to spend extra time on their new tool and do not see the advantage will give-up using it. Once one teacher has a difficult time with the new tool, word spreads and pretty soon the whole building has rejected it. Clickers have reached a downward spiral since the Ipad innovation. The compatibility feature with other i-devices is an advantage that has a positive effect in the success. It was easy seeing the advantage of a clicker, but there are more benefits with an Internet accessible ipad. In the public eye i-devices have become extremely popular which allows for greater affordability and more common ground. Syncing becomes practical when everyone has a similar device. Some schools have become early adopters; however, some schools are still hesitant. My school, administrators are hesitant to make the technology leap. Unfortunately, more computers regardless of whether it is an ipad or an apple computer they all require bandwidth and money; therefore it is an authority decision that must be made.


Maddux, C.D., & Johnson, D. (2011). Technology in education and the concept of cultural momentum.  Computers in the schools, 28(1), 1-4.  Doi:10.1080/07380569.2011.553150