Static and Dynamic Technologies

Static versus Dynamic Technologies

Advances in technology used for communication and education are allowing educators to deepen the online learning experience through dynamic communication, content, and collaboration. Static technologies are used to present information. Books, static web pages, and recordings. Dynamic technologies allow students to experiment and build knowledge (Moller, 2008).

An understanding of the available technologies and characteristics of each are important when designing courses for distance education. Some of the possible technologies include streaming video, chat, and podcasts (Fahy, 2008). Appendix A, Figure 1 displays a concept map of the static and dynamic technologies used for content, communication, and collaboration. Several of the technologies may be used for more than one component. For example, video conferencing may be used to deliver content in lecture form and also used for collaboration among students. Moving beyond static information delivery to dynamic tools in distance education will create opportunities for higher levels of learning.

Replied to:


Fahy, P. J. (2008). Characteristics of interactive online learning media. In T. Anderson (Ed.), The theory and practice of online learning (2nd ed., pp. 167-199). Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.

Moller, L. (2008). Static and dynamic technological tools. [Unpublished Paper].

Appendix A


Figure 1 Concept Map of Static and Dynamic Technologies



  1. Tracy, I agree that some technologies can cross over to more than one use, such as video conferencing for both communication and collaboration. I imagine that once students become accustomed to using these different technologies on a regular basis, we will find even more uses for them. I’ve been in college classes where students asked for some learning method that they thought would work well, and I see this as something that younger students will become involved with as well.


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  3. Tracy, course designers need to have a comprehensive knowledge of static and dynamic technologies as these are the tools that instructors and students need to be successful in their studies. The wider the range of technologies they are exposed to, the better choices they will have of communicating and collaborating. What I like about this scenario is that technologies are not applicable to just one area.


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