Impact of Technology and Multimedia

June 2, 2011 tinkisamy

Technology and Multimedia


  • What impact does technology and multimedia have on online learning environments? Technology and multimedia add to knowledge and learning by providing hands-on experience. When learners use the tools they are able to apply their prior knowledge and new understanding in a new way. The more each learner uses and explores the more they can share and then explore on their own
  • What are the most important considerations an online instructor should make before implementing technology? The most important things to consider involves keeping things simple. The focus needs to be based on the essential tools for the course. (Boettcher & Conrad, 2010). The tools used needs to gradually build. The instructor needs to focus on what their learners can and will be able to use for their learning. More is not always better if it overwhelms the learner. The instructor needs to take into consideration the objectives and goals of the course and then the many different technology tools that are available for those objectives and goals. Then they need to try to offer more than one tool as a choice for completing a given task. For example, if the learner is asked to provide a voice media piece. They should be given many choices to implement that piece (Audacity, VLC, Jahshaka, etc).
  • What implications do usability and accessibility of technology tools have for online teaching? The instructor and the learners need to be able to access the technology tools. That is why the instructor needs to give choices when available for completing the different tasks when using technology tools.
  • What technology tools are most appealing to you for online teaching as you move forward in your career in instructional design? As a future instructor I think that webcam and voice/webcam videoconferencing is the most appealing. This technology allows for learners to "see" each other and connect face-to-face. This may also ease many fears students have in relation to online courses. If they can collaborate and interpret meaning by gathering together with others from different locations, they will make those connections in their understanding.
  • I have learned that technology is best when used to enhance a course and the learners knowledge. As an instructor I need to feel comfortable with the technology and this means that I need to take the time to learn the new advances and practice those tools. Some of my favorite technology tools include; Skype, Blogs, Wikis, Google Docs, Survey Monkey, and now my course management system (CMS) at School Rack. I also love using Prezi presentations and Webspiration.


Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. (2010). The online teaching survival guide: Simple and practical pedagogical tips. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Danielle  |  June 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Amy,

    You mentioned… the instructor needs to give choices when available for completing the different tasks when using technology tools.

    That is a great point. I had not really considered that, although from the few course I have taken so far we have indeed been given plenty of choice with regard to the tools we may use to complete our tasks.

    I’m going to note that and provide more options to my learners.

    Thank you,

  • 2. Yolanda  |  June 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Amy,

    You and I had similar ideas when it comes to things that instructors should take into consideration before implementing technology. I like that you also added that instructors should keep things simple. That is excellent advice that all instructors should follow whether online or not. Good post!

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