E-Learning Technologies for Any Online Class

Despite the wide availability of technology, educational institutions have not provided adequate training to support innovative teaching practices (Pachler & Daly, 2011).  If e-learning is to fulfill its potential as a collaborative learning tool, then instructors must take the lead in developing their competencies with regard to e-learning technologies.

When teaching an online class, it is important to make use of e-learning technologies that will engage learners and create a sense of social presence within the learning environment.  By taking advantage of available technologies, instructors can instigate peer assessment, cultivate a learner-centered environment, craft interactive lessons, demonstrate the use of applications, encourage peer interaction, and provide rich-media feedback to students.  Classroom Salon, Edublogs, Soft Chalk, ScreenCastify, Facebook, and electronic feedback are technologies that support such innovative practices.  They can be used in any online class to foster an interactive learning environment and build relationships between instructors and students as well as students and their peers.

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