Question 1: Some educators feel that distant technologies will greatly improve education; some feel education will suffer if they are overused. What are factors you can cite in support of each of these positions? According to Doering and Roblyer, many educators predict that the distant technologies will help reform teaching methods and increase the access to quality education. However there are challenges and educators who believe that education will suffer with the over usage of distant technologies (p 226). This paper will look at characteristics of distance resources and their ability to enhance teaching and learning activities. This author will also discuss the ongoing challenges of distant technologies. One of the activities with the use of distance technology improves education, is the student research. According to Doering and Roblyer, the learners can use the Internet to search for information and materials that can help support their production and research work. The six skills that are identified as important for ensuring that students make the best use of this form of distant technologies include; (1) task definition, (2) information seeking strategies, (3) location and access, (4) use of information, (5) Synthesis, and (6) evaluation (Doering and Roblyer). Another instructional benefit is that of the online classroom materials. As stated by Doering and Roblyer, here the teachers use online materials to help teach either themselves or their students a skill or topic. The benefit of web-based lessons according to Doering and Roblyer, this is a type of learning where the educators use website resources to structure a the curriculum lesson. The other benefit that is noted is that of virtual courses and programs. As stated by Doering and Roblyer, since 1996, virtual courses and diploma programs have sprung up in the United States as well as around the world. These instructional benefits can be summarized in the following characteristics that have the ability to greatly improve education in unique ways. The fast access to information now allows students to use the internet to find information quickly for classroom research and educational opportunities (Doering and Roblyer). (2) The access to experts is not always available locally, thus internet projects allow students to tap the expertise of experts at a distance (Doering and Roblyer). (3) The distant technologies allow fast communication to groups. Internet pages, and email help the educators and learners send updates and stay in touch. (4) Another characteristic is the communication resources that support collaboration. The technological resources make it easier for educators and learners to work together and share products, whether they are in the same location or at a distance. (5) The other benefit for education is that of the access to learning materials. Educators can download tests, images, and other materials to use with the learners (Doering and Roblyer). (6) It allows for access to courses and lessons that are not locally available. Educators and the learners can take courses on topics for which the educators are not available at their sites. (7) The resources for technology also allow the access of education for learners who are homebound. The students who are homebound due to illness or disabilities can take courses and even complete degree programs online (Doering and Roblyer). (8) The learning communities allow support for collaboration. Educators and students can support and encourage each other by sharing ideas and materials in advance. (Doering and Roblyer). (9) Educators can also locate teaching ideas on varies topics from a variety of internet sites (Doering and Roblyer). (10) Finally, there is an increase in the interaction among the learners and between learners and educators (Doering and Roblyer). As we have seen above there are numerous ways in which distant technologies can enhance education. There are some issues in distant technologies...
References: Doering. A. H & Roblyer. M. D. (2010). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching (5th edition). Pearson Education, Inc
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