Teaching with Technology: Reaching Out in the Digital Age
Susan Dennett, Maria Vásquez-Colina, Florida Atlantic University, United States
IJAVET Volume 3, Number 2, ISSN 1947-8607 Publisher: IGI Global
In this article, the authors discuss how technology can enhance online teaching and student engagement. As the number of adult learners increase and the continuing use of online teaching increases, it is important to keep students engaged during learning. If the adult learners are engaged, they will most likely remain the duration of the course, ensuring retention in online courses. Currently completion rates for online courses can be significantly lower than those of the traditional classroom based on studies by a number of authors for a variety of reasons (Diaz, 2002; Lorenzetti, 2002; Murray, 2001). Students will also be more likely to sign up for future online classes when engagement strategies are used. By incorporating the type of technology students use in their everyday life will encourage engagement and relevance. When educators use technology effectively and efficiently in their classes, this increases engagement and provides a positive learning experience for the student. The article reviews literature that outlines different types of technology and the ways technology can complement an online class.
Dennett, S. & Vásquez-Colina, M. (2012). Teaching with Technology: Reaching Out in the Digital Age. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 3(2), 47-53. IGI Global.