Tue, 11 Jun, 2013
As much as we love technology here Campbell University Online, we do not believe that technology should replace the human element in the teaching and learning processes. Each class has an instructor for a reason and those instructors reason and infer things about their class that only they can do. Instead, we believe that technology should make teaching easier and more convenient in many aspects.
When an instructor sets out to design an online course, it would be impossible for them to use every piece of technology that is at their disposal. Part of the design process is deciding what technology to use in certain portions of the course. In fact, I would recommend learning to facilitate a few different types of technology and implement those into the course a little at the time. These technologies can be a bit overwhelming with all the new things that seem to appear overnight in the tech world.
Technology is meant to enhance our lives. It is meant to help us communicate better, learn better, and teach better. In order to do so, we must understand the technologies that we are using and having our students use in our courses. If we master a few technologies, we will feel more comfortable trying out new technologies for future courses. But if a technology tool is not helping students learn better or a professor teach better, then that technology needs to go. Do not be afraid to try and fail. It is all part of the process.
The important part of using technology is not that you use it just to check it off of a list. It is important to foster learning and enhance the experience of your students. If those things are happening, then you are using technology in the best way. If not, there's no use in using the technology in the first place. As always, when choosing technologies to try out, make decisions based upon student needs and everything will work out for the best.
Instructional Design & Training Coordinator