Week 6 Assignment 1: Educational Technologies Blog
The two open and distance education technologies that enhance adult learning I have chosen to discuss are: Web-based learning and Moodle.
UNESCO (2002) illustrates “the Web potentially offers a worldwide forum in which to teach courses that has an excellent encyclopedia at his or her disposal. Course material can be dynamically updated. Course text, examples and exercises can be interactive in the sense of immediately illustrating equations with graphs, changing parameters and seeing the results, linking to other web-sites according to the interests of the student. The Web-based learning model is essentially free from limitations of space and time while it reaches students around the world with great ease” (p.65).
The rationale why I selected this technology is because it offers a lot of visual instructions and helpful hints which can be helpful towards individuals who trying to learn and may not understand a concept or just may need some assistance and want to guide their learning.
The way I would use web-based learning is by presenting learners with ten questions where they have to answer the questions based upon the course content. After answering the questions learners will be provided with the links where they will investigate their findings and check the results of their answers.
The second way I would use web-based learning is by having learners take a tour on a field trip where they have to explore a place they have never been before they have to have four specific details: the name of the place they went, how to get to the location, what type of places they visited and why, and why they would recommend the place to someone else.
Moodle (2012) “is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Moodle has features that allow it to scale to very large deployments and hundreds of thousands of students, yet it can also be used for a primary school or an education hobbyist. Many institutions use it as their platform to conduct fully online courses, while some use it simply to augment face-to-face courses (known as blended learning).”
Moodle (2012) further states that”many of our users love to use the activity modules (such as forums, databases and wikis) to build richly collaborative communities of learning around their subject matter (in the social constructionist tradition), while others prefer to use Moodle as a way to deliver content to students (such as standard SCORM packages) and assess learning using assignments or quizzes.”
The rationale for me choosing Moodle is because it is a great resource tool for teachers and they can get great ideas to guide learners. This site offers learners an opportunity to interact with others in English or in other different languages; it has a demonstration page which shows how to use the site, and downloads.
The first way I would use Moodle (2012) is by “having learners complete an assignment through the online audio recording provided by moodle, I will provide students with instructors and they will have to find the submission by following the instructions listed on the site and complete and submit the assignment back to me.” For example I would have students describe their experience using moodle and provide an example of how they could apply it the educational setting.
The second way I would use Moodle is by having students use the news icon section through the site and giving a summary of the report and letting the other learners view their findings by showing them in the class.
Moodle. (2012). Moodle.org: open-source community-based tools for learning. Retrieved from https://moodle.org/
UNESCO. (2002). Open distance learning: Trends, policy and strategy considerations. Retrieved from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001284/128463e.pdf