Technology And Online Education


In the last few years there have been great improvements in the technology used to deliver online courses. Now more than ever, online programs provide a realistic and interactive setting.


How Advancements In Online Media Technology Have Improved Online Learning

One of the major drawbacks for online courses has always been the lack of a classroom experience and a real college environment. In the past many people were unable to overcome this flaw and did not pursue an online education. However, in the last few years there have been great improvements in the technology used to deliver online courses. Now more than ever, online programs provide a realistic and interactive setting.

The first major improvement came from the prevalence of high speed internet connections. Broadband connections have allowed people to quickly download files and gain access to websites. Now instructors can place large media files onto the web and students can instantly view or download them without being held back by a slow connection and hours of waiting or downloading.

Much of the learning from online classes is done through recorded presentations. These are now better than they ever have been before. Technology enables teachers to record full, continuous audio over a PowerPoint presentation that they control. This is just like being in front of a live lecture and you get the complete audio and visual experience.

Other instructors may choose to actually videotape their classroom lectures. This provides an even more realistic experience as you can really watch the professor speak and see what they emphasize. It also helps to reinforce a name with a face so you can connect and trust that person more.

Another improvement in technology has enabled students to interact with each other more effectively. Online discussion boards serve as the virtual classroom, wherein you discuss topics with other students, ask each other questions and converse about the course. Live chat rooms add further functionality to an online education.

There are even live audio and video chats, where, depending on your computer’s ability, you can see other students, talk to them directly and really get to know one another. Not to mention internet calling services such as Skype that let you connect with any other student at any time with questions, comment or for team projects.

Just as your professor recorded his own PowerPoint or lecture, you can do the same. There are services and programs you can download that enable you to add voiceovers to presentations and to post them on the internet in easy fashion. Now you can host your own presentation and make a killer report on any topic you were assigned.

Don’t think that since you’re taking online courses you won’t have to take tests either! Technology advancements have allowed intricate testing systems to be created that are meant to accurately gauge an online student’s knowledge. Tests can be timed and can only be started or opened once, and there are all formats of questions including essays, multiple choice and true or false. What would be the point of spending money on an online education if you couldn’t even prove to yourself that you know the material?

Know more than ever, online courses offer a complete classroom experience. From detailed presentations that make you feel like you’re in the lecture hall, to comprehensive testing services and student interaction, getting an online education has been made better through technology.

 


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