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Digital Education Instructional Techniques December 9, 2012

Posted by stewsutton in Education, Information Technology, Learning.
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  1. Recordings for “short reviews” of previous learning to rehearse and connect knowledge from previous lessons
  2. Micro-lessons that present new material in small steps and allow students to practice after each step
  3. Interactive simulations that allow active practice for all students – especially to engage visual learners
  4. Easy-to-navigate digital libraries that provide interactive models of worked out problems

Characteristics of a Distance Education Learner December 7, 2012

Posted by stewsutton in Communications, Education, Information Technology.

The following are some common characteristics that must be considered in planning educational services to the increasingly mobile and schedule-compressed learner…

  • Distance Education students must coordinate the different areas of their lives which influence each other: families, jobs, spare time, and studies.
  • Distance Education students reasons for taking courses may be motivated by obtaining a degree to qualify for a better job, to just take courses to broaden their education without interest in completing a degree.
  • In Distance Education, the learner is usually isolated. The motivational factors arising from the contact or competition with other students is absent. The student also lacks the immediate support of a teacher who is present and able to motivate and, if necessary, give attention to actual needs and difficulties.
  • Distant Education students and their teachers can often have little in common in terms of background and day-to-day experiences and therefore, it takes longer for student-teacher rapport to develop.
  • In Distance Education settings, technology is typically the conduit through which information and communication flow. Until the teacher and students become comfortable with the technical delivery system, communication will be inhibited.