Week 6 Assignment 1: Educational Technologies Blog

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Week 6 Assignment 1: Educational Technologies Blog

Melitta Williams

The two open and distance education technologies that enhance adult learning I have chosen to discuss are: Web-based learning and Moodle.

Web-based learning

Website:  http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001284/128463e.pdf

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.

Example 1

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.

Example 2

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

https://moodle.org/

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.

Example 1

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.

Example 2

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.

References

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

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10 thoughts on “Week 6 Assignment 1: Educational Technologies Blog

  1. Hi Melitta,
    I think I can make use of Moodle in my classes. It can help them practice their listening, speaking and writing skills. I can assign them to search a topic on Moodle, and then report their findings to class either in oral or written form. This would certainly help them improve their English.
    Thank you for your suggestions,
    Seher

    • Melitta,

      I am very impressed by the information and the technologies you have presented in your post for online learning. I like the way you have incorporated the use and functionsUNESCO and Moodle into learning leassons that are active and inclusive for all your learner. The technologies and your applied lessons address specific skills your students need to learn and knowledge they will gain.

      Thank you, Melitta.

      Gayle

      • Hi Gayle,
        Thanks for the feedback and yes Moodle was very informational and provide alot of great resources for educators in turn where the educator could provide good instruction to learners. Thanks so much!
        Melitta

    • Hi Seher,
      You are very welcome and I am glad this can be of benefit to you and your learners and how they can use it to expand on alot of different skills they will use on a daily bases. Thanks so much.
      Melitta

  2. Great job Melitta
    The information you put forth in your post was very insightful and has a lot to offer to future student of distance learning. Your use of Moodle was great and your Idea for the classroom would work well.

    • Hi Steven,
      Thanks for the feedback out of all the technologies I feel that this one has the potential to make learning fun as well as educational for learners. I would be glad to incorporate this type of learning into a curriculum one day.
      Melitta

  3. Hey Melita, I enjoyed reading your post about your two different learning sources for distance learning. Both were great sources I never knew anything about Noodle until I read your post on how it was a good virtual source. I may need to use this Noodle site for teaching purposes in my classroom. Thank you for the information and I’m looking foward to reading nexts week post.

    Hiraman Byrd

    • Hi Hiraman,
      Hi Steven,
      Thanks for the feedback and yes I too was amazed by all this distance learning technology offered and will that this would be a great resource as well for learners in the future.
      Melitta

  4. Melitta,
    I think that both Moodle and web-based learning look to be very efficient in the classroom. I especially like the modle. I like all software that gears towards all learners. Because my learners will be future educators of the younger students, I would like to use software that they can learn on and in turn use with their learners as well. I will add this to my bank. Thanks! Oh and wonderful site—-beautiful picture!
    Revonne

    • Hi Revonne,
      Thank you so much for all the feedback and understanding, I am glad that the moodle site was beneficial towards you gaining information and a learning source that can help you as an educator as well as it helping learners who can also gain knowledge for their future.
      Thank you
      Melitta

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