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.
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Moller, L. (2008). Static and dynamic technological tools. [Unpublished Paper].
Figure 1 Concept Map of Static and Dynamic Technologies