Distance Education Technologies

There are many types of technologies that can be used for distance education. I will share with you just two that have the potential to enhance adult learning. First, I will discuss Moodle. The word Moodle is an acronym for ‘Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment’ (Lambda Solutions, 2015). This learning management system is an “open source platform that lets you build the perfect education solution for your [classroom] needs” (Moodle, 2016). Moodle is basically a modular system based on plugins of different kinds of content and collaborative activities (Moodle, 2016). The Moodle website (moodle.com) compares this learning management system to Legos. Just as you put together Lego blocks to build whatever creation you want, Moodle does the same thing. Not only can Moodle be used for distance education, it can be used in a traditional and a hybrid classroom. In a traditional classroom setting, any materials whether it’s files, videos, or articles a teacher would like to share; he or she can place the files in Moodle. Therefore, students will instantly have access to all course materials needed for the class. And for the hybrid class, the teacher can place at least 50% of the learning materials for the class in Moodle. There are options in Moodle for embedding videos, linking pictures, discussion boards, grade books, rubrics and so much more.

You can check it out by visiting Moodle.com.

The other technology that has the potential to enhance adult learning is Sakai. Just like Moodle, it is an open-source learning management system. The direction and feature set of Sakai originates from within higher education to address the dynamic needs of a global academic community (Sakai, 2014). The primary purpose of Sakai is collaboration and information sharing. It gives you the ability to share your entire course/project or parts of your course/project with members of the university community (Loyola University, 2016). With Sakai, every member is provided with a personal workspace in which members can upload materials for their personal use or to share with others.

You can check it out by visiting Sakaiproject.org.

References

What is moodle? (2016). Retrieved from http://www.lambdasolutions.net/resources/what-is-moodle/

What is sakai? (2016). Retrieved from http://www.luc.edu/itrs/sakai/whatissakai/

Sakai. (2014). Retrieved from https://sakaiproject.org

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  1. Kurt Wilkins says:

    Hi Natasha,

    While I have heard a lot about Moodle (most of it very positive) I have not had much to do with the system myself. After reading your post this week, I did jump onto the website and had a chance to use some of the features. I found it very simple to use and the amount (and variety) of content that can be placed on there is really amazing! This would definitely help students in their learning by giving them access to a wide variety of resources. One way that I would implement Moodle is to help to facilitate a discussion in the classroom. In particular to but two contrasting views on a topic (either videos, articles), have students examine both of these and then have a discussion either for or against.

    Kind Regards,

    Kurt

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