Sunday, February 12, 2012

Module 5: Static vs. Dynamic Technologies Part II

I as reflect on my philosophy of distance education, I believe I am fall in the middle of the “static-dynamic continuum” because I am gaining a better understanding of how technology is being used in the distance learning process. Being knowledgeable of which technology devices/software products are available to use as resources will assist me in becoming more aware of how to implement the devices into my learning environment. In this course, I learned how to create and maintain a blog website which allowed me to share my ideas, projects, and assignments and collaborate with other classmates in an arena which was new to me. I must admit I was very skeptical at first, but once I realized my blog was an avenue for me to demonstrate my understanding of concepts from the course, I was able to conquer my fear of being prejudged by others. Using tools such as blogs, discussion boards, email, and You Tube, I was able to step outside of my comfort zone and learn how these tools could be used in my distance learning experience. Static technology is used often in traditional classroom settings where teacher-led instruction occurs. Teachers usually use web pages, emails, You Tube, eBooks, videocasts, and podcasts to deliver informational text to their students. Although majority of students are accustom to this type of learning, it does not address all learning styles. Students do not have an opportunity to effectively collaborate with their peers, and/or demonstrate their understanding of the content due to the limited resources. Dynamic technology will assist teachers in providing opportunities for their students to analyze, synthesize, and respond to one another and well as their teachers in order to demonstrate their understanding of new concepts. Technology tools such as blogs, discussion boards/black boards, instant messenger, Skype, MMORPGs, etc. will address all learning styles as well as allow students an opportunity to discuss and demonstrate what they have gained from a specific lesson. Students will be able to debate their views/opinions, find outcomes on their own, and also take ownership of their learning. As an educator and a learner in a distance learning environment, I look forward to using some of the dynamic technology devices in the near future. As I continue of my journey through this program, I will continue to research and become more familiar with various technology devices to better myself as a learner and my students within my classroom. I look forward to this challenge, and I the positive outcomes. Wish me luck.

Module 5: Static vs Dynamic Technologies

Friday, January 27, 2012

Engaging Learners with New Strategies and Tools

Engaging learners is a vital component in any learning environment. Educators must design creative, challenging, and exciting activities for their learners to ensure they are motivated and engaged in their classrooms and online programs. According to Durrington, Berryhill, and Swafford (2006), learning can be effective whether students are participating in traditional face-to-face classrooms and/or in online programs. Educators can incorporate technology devices, software, and strategies into their curriculums that will assist their learners in being higher-order thinkers, and successful in their learning experience. Learning and instruction must provide opportunities for students to collaborate and build relationships with others and promote positive attitudes as well as increase student participation.

In order for learners to be successful in the learning experience, instructors must provide a clear outline of what is required and how students will be assessed within their course of study. Learners need to feel a sense of comfort, supportiveness, and respect with the learning environment, so they can be successful. Instructors can provide a discussion board for students to collaborate and discuss concepts within the course to build relationships with other students. Students will become more comfortable with others, and develop meaningful connections through dialogue and positive feedback from their peers. Eventually, students will begin to ask knowledgeable questions about course related concepts, tasks, etc., and this will foster opportunities for collaboration within the learning community. Students an also connect through email, telephone calls, computers using facebook, instant messaging, smart phones with twitter, You Tube, ooVoo, iPods, iPads. For more strategies and tools used to engage students in a traditional face-to-face classroom and/or in Distance Learning Programs, see information located at


Durrington, V. A., Berryhill, A., & Swafford, J. (2006). Strategies for enhancing student interactivity in an online environment. Information retrieved from

Engaging Learners with New Strategies and Tools

Sunday, January 15, 2012

storyboard module 3

Module 3: Story Board: Learner Engagement

For the next several weeks, I will be working to complete my Story Board on Learner Engagement.  I will be revising my story board through the duration of this course.  Please take a look at what I have completed, and provide me with feedback.  Thanks a bunch.  Shannon B. Casimier~