Utilizing Technology to Deliver Curriculum Research Paper by Nicky

Utilizing Technology to Deliver Curriculum
A review of the research on online instruction and the technology used in the virtual classroom.
# 149641 | 2,935 words | 12 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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The paper explores online instruction by looking at traditional instruction versus online teaching. The paper then discusses the tools and technology used in the virtual classroom, including the use of Microsoft PowerPoint. The paper points out that technology use for instruction is unavoidable in today's world where online instruction is gaining increasing importance. Tables are included in this paper.

Examination of Online Instruction
Technological Tools for Virtual Classroom Instruction
Examination of the Use of Microsoft PowerPoint in Classroom Instruction
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Schullo, Hilbelink, Venable, and Barron (2007) state that advantages to online synchronous learning include those listed as follows: (1) Motivation - synchronous systems provide motivation for distance learners to keep up with their peers; (2) Telepresence - real time interaction fosters development of group cohesion and a sense of community; (3) Good feedback - synchronous systems provide quick feedback and support consensus and decision-making in group activities; and (4) Pacing - synchronous events encourage discipline in learning and help students prioritize their studies. (p.1)Similarities between online synchronous learning and the physical classroom are stated to include that each of these: (1) allow for immediate feedback; (2) include interactions with instructor and peers; and (3) include guided exercise to motivate and increase student learning. (Schullo, Hilbelink, Venable, and Barron, 2007, p.1)
"Synchronous systems allow for the instructor to make assessment of the level of knowledge of students and for course material to be tailored appropriately. Furthermore, the "inclusion of a scheduled time adds the perception (or reality) that the instructor and classmates are providing external motivation and are encouraging the student's participation, which can result in higher retention and completion rates." (Schullo, Hilbelink, Venable, and Barron, 2007, p.1) Challenges of online synchronous learning include the primary challenge of the need for students and instructors alike to be "comfortable with the technology and environment." (Schullo, Hilbelink, Venable, and Barron, 2007, p.1)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barnett, D. and Aagaard, L. (2005) Online Vs. Face-to-Face Instruction: Similarities, Differences and Efficacy. Occasional Research Paper, No. 10. February 2005. Morehead State University. Online available at: http://irapp.moreheadstate.edu/cerl/pdf/cerl_10.pdf.
  • Finkelstein, J. (2006). Learning in real time. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Hutchens, Scott A. (nd) Effective Uses of Technology-Assisted Instruction: An Investigation of Student Performance, Attendance and Satisfaction. Online available at: http://www.celt.lsu.edu/cfd/THE/Eproc04/Hutchens2.pdf
  • Hofman, D. W. (2002). Internet-based distance education learning in higher education. TechDirections, 62(1), 28-32.
  • Bento, R., & Bento, A. (2000). Using the Web to extend and support classroom learning. College Student Journal, 34(4), 603-608.

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