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.

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6 thoughts on “EDUC 7102 Module 1: Blog Post 1

  1. Hi Ann –
    Your blog post is outstanding! How do you believe the use of additional technologies supports the individual learner?
    Thanks,
    Vaughn

    1. Technology allows the learner to learn according to their learning style and at their own pace.

      We are to prepare our students for the world, well can this be done without the use of technology?

  2. Hello Ann,
    I love how you embedded the Vimeo video of Simonsons’ interview at the AECT conference as it is very relevant to this course. In it he made some note-worthy remarks that I strongly believe is the main theme of design principles of distance education. He noted that technology integration is not so much about the technologies selected (Internet, laptops, Ipads, Ipods, etc)-rather the main focus is on the content, quality of teaching, instructional approaches,knowledge of the learner and the learners’ ability to have access to the technology. The way we design instruction is paramount-not necessarily the use of technology. My interpretation of this message is that, “technology is no magic wand or secret formula” to close the achievement gap………knowledge and application of best practices in pedagogy are.
    Alison

  3. I totally agree with your view. Traditional teacher have to change their organization in order to reach online or distance learners. There is so much value in the ways that students can have such individualized learning.

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