A review of the history and the terminology of technology used in distance education. The basic technology building blocks of hardware, networks, and software are identified. Analysis covers the characteristics of asynchronous and synchronous technologies and tools used in the teaching and learning, as well as the administration of distance education. The relationship between technology and the goals of the educational/training organization are critically examined. The relationship between information technology (especially online technology) and distance education is explored. Topics include the criteria and guidelines for selecting technologies for distance education and the future directions of technology in distance education.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
Describe the history and terminology related to media and technology in DE.
Analyze the range of technologies used in the design, delivery, management and support of DE.
Critique distinct technology applications.
Apply the conceptual framework of the SECTIONS model.
Justify the appropriate selection of generic technology (ies) that support broad organizational goals.
Evaluate new developments in online educational technologies.
Discuss future issues relating to the uses of technology in DE.
The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.