In this technological age it is easy to be seduced by the newest most popular tools. Text and video have been, and remain, two of the most common content delivery methods within online courses, yet it is worth considering tools that you may not be familiar with as you explore the best ways to deliver your content. Before picking a tool you will want to step back and consider your goals and objectives. Ensure that the tools you are selecting to deliver your content align with your pedagogical goals and course map.
Within an online course there are many tools that can be used to deliver content; while it would be nearly impossible to provide information on all of the specific tools we can look at the opportunities and challenges presented by certain types of tools.
|Video||Creates a personal connection, explain complex material visually, take virtual field trips, control playback||Time consuming to produce, need to consider if content lends itself to visual medium, need to consider accessibility|
|Audio||Portable and easy to listen while multitasking, helps provide a personal connection with instructor||No way to simultaneously show graphics or images to reinforce concepts, must provide transcripts for accessibility|
|Text||Efficient to create, easy for users to access, fewer accessibility concerns||Low engagement, limited ability to use graphics or visuals to aid learning|
|Graphics||Reinforce text-based content, increase learning, supported by multimedia theories of learning||Distracting if not aligned with content|
|Synchronous Sessions||Promotes instructor and learner presence, allows for immediate feedback, collaborate with other groups, invite guest speakers, host student presentations||Requires advanced planning, dependent on high-speed internet connection, can inhibit some students from participating|
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