Distance Learning Technologies
Time and space posses a large obstacle for many adults who want to continue learning. It will have been close to impossible for me to pursue my current studies if I could not do it through distance learning. I have three little kids and I work fulltime. Distance learning opens the door for many adults like me to continue their professional development.
Empowered by technology, open and distance learning continues to grow and change (Perraton, 2010). Through technology teaching materials are distributed and shared more efficiently and cheaper; interaction and collaboration has increased (Perraton, 2010). This week I decided to look into two online technologies that can be used to enhance distance learning.
Matterhorn can be used for both open and distance learning. It is an open source lecture capture and video management designed for education. The amazing thing about it is that is free. It used in higher education to produce lecture recordings, manage videos, serve and manage distribution channels, and provide user interfaces to engage students using educational videos. It can be used to produce audio and video webcast and podcast. Basically Matterhorn is a highly configurable academic video and audio management system. Some of its features include: Processing and encoding services, integration with recording devices and interface for learners.
I use Skype to communicate with my parents in South Africa on weekly bases. Interestingly, Skype can also be used to connect classrooms across the world. Skype has an entire site called Skype in the Classroom, the site is full of useful ideas. Students can work together using Skype and Google plus hangouts. Other features include: conference calls between 24 people at a time and text messages to any phone number in the world. Educators can use Skype to communicate with students in real time using video calls.
Perraton, H. (2010). Teacher education: The role of open and distance learning. Retrieved from http://www.col.org/PublicationDocuments/pub_TeacherEd_Role_ODL.pdf