We have come so far in modern day learning that the idea of the brick and mortar/traditional classroom could someday fade away. Can this be true? Can this really happen? I am a believer in the traditional face-to-face teaching and learning technique but am beginning to lean towards the idea of being an online educator more and more. What benefits do our students have if they were to be online instead of physically in a classroom?

Students in K-12 are already being educated on the latest technologies within the classroom setting. Adults or higher education students are already participating in some sort of “online” educational program today. The future of online education is here and is in the now, and in more demand than we realize.

Bringing technologies to the online classroom can be tricky but also very beneficial to the online learner. Social Media sites can play a huge role in how you, as the educator, present your information to the learner. We as educators need to keep the attention and motivation on track at all times so how do we do this? Simple, you add videos, group chats, pod casts, wikis for collaboration efforts and the list goes on. Each instructional tool that an educator uses has to fit within the course and must be navigationally supportive for new online learners as well.

When you throw a dog a metal bone, he spits it out because the texture is all wrong. But when you throw the dog a chewable bone, he knows just what to do to get to that tasty middle. This is the same for your learners. (Not that they are dogs) The learner needs to know that what they are using is not going to be difficult to navigate through. The learner wants ease of action so that they feel confident in their learning. But if you intergrade a tool that is somewhat complicated, your learner will back off and his/her interest will drop. You do not want your learners to be frustrated as that will lead to drop outs within your course.

It is very, very important for the educator to know his/her tools that they plan to utilize within their courses. The impact of a smooth course for the learner is greater than that of a course that is presented in a choppy format.

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