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INCORPORATING TECHNOLOGY TOOLS INTO ONLINE COURSES

To be a successful e-learning instructor, you need to know your way around technology. Anyone who’s spent any time reading about the e-learning industry knows that online courses and traditional classrooms use very different technological tool kits. Many people criticized it by saying that modernizing education would lead to many negatives in society. Along with these negatives, there were also a huge number of positives by making education technology-aided. However, new technology is slowly making its way into the classroom (most instructors’ use PowerPoint slides rather than chalkboards), other innovations have yet to find their place (laptops in lecture halls are still a distraction more than a learning aid).

The levels of improvement depend upon both, the way technology is infused into teaching methods and the design of instruction. Some educators do not know how to properly use the technology, and they should focus on better ways to use the given technology to provide an easier medium for students to learn.

Video and sound editing.

Online video content does best when it falls into a comfortable middle-ground of just casual enough not to have a huge production budget, but not so casual as to be unprofessional.

On the one hand, your lecture videos do not have to be perfectly-polished productions. But neither should you be filming them in your bedroom from your laptop camera. If you plan to appear in your course videos, invest in some good lighting, and use a good microphone to make sure you get good audio for your video.

That said, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of shooting your own video, you can deliver course content via slides instead. You will still need a good microphone and some basic sound editing skills, but the results are easier to control.

There are many other fabulous technological tools for e-learning, and more are being developed each year. But like so many new and exciting things, they’re only worth your time if they aid your course.

There is no reason to incorporate a tech tool simply because it exists. Unless it adds value to your course, including it will probably just distract from your main goal.

For instance, social media is one of the big trends these days, and many online educators have developed creative and insightful ways to incorporate social media into a course in a meaningful way. But that doesn’t mean every course needs to have a social media-based project.

The same can be said of any new technological tool, from video to gamification. If it doesn’t align with your course objectives, including it will be no more than a gimmick.

However, the more comfortable you are with the technological tools available to you, the more likely you will be able to incorporate them effectively into your course. If you feel uncertain about how to use some of these technologies, setting aside time to become more familiar with them will help you discover if they’re a good fit for your course.

With the development of technology, many people are finding work online by getting online teaching jobs. Across the globe, there are many who have the passion to teach but cannot give up their regular jobs to do so. In such cases, these people enroll themselves into different online teaching programs where they have to give a class only once or twice a week while still working their regular jobs.

With the rising popularity of sites like YouTube, anyone anywhere in the world who has the will to teach can make and post video lectures on the internet for people to view and earn their income through AdSense. This not only benefits the educator but also the student, as they can pause and replay certain parts that they did not understand instead of having to ask the teacher to repeat themselves.

 

 

 

 

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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