The Benefits and Challenges of Emerging Technologies in Distance Education

641 WordsJan 29, 20183 Pages
I decided to research the benefits and challenges of emerging technologies in distance education for interaction and collaboration. The first report I read was written by Dr. Michael G. Moore, Web 2.0: Does It Really Matter? In this editorial Dr. Moore discusses emerging technologies and how they are “being adopted voraciously by “digital natives” who have grown up with the Internet. Moore concludes that “social networking should make constructivist, collaborative knowledge-making more natural and popular among learners and also eventually with their teachers.” However, the implementation of the tool needs to be done within a high quality well designed course and not just a tool spontaneously added by the instructor. (Moore, 2007) In Distance Education Trends: Integrating new technologies to foster student interaction and collaboration, Yoany Beldarrain of the Florida Virtual School discusses current distance education trends and the benefits of using emerging technologies such as wikis, blogs, and podcasts for student interaction. The report discusses the rapid growth of online distance education and the need to revise delivery structures and the need for re-thinking pedagogical practices. The researcher notes that “researchers and practitioners are recognizing emerging technologies as powerful tools for building social interaction in constructivist learning environments.” The report concludes that research on educational uses of emerging technologies is
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