How Technology Impacts Online Instruction
Professors new to online teaching occasionally adopt a technology-first approach to instructional planning. This perspective may complicate the teaching process and result in poorer learning outcomes. Jared Stein, Vice President of Research and Development at Canvas by Instructure, advises online professors to prioritize learning objectives before technology.
“Begin with the end in mind: What do you want learners to have accomplished at the end of the course? How will they have changed?” Mr. Stein said during an interview with OnlineEducation.com. “You will want to choose the tools that provide the best opportunities to learn, practice, and socialize with the least amount of technical overhead.”
Once online instructors identify what they want to teach, and through what methods, they can review the online learning technologies available to them and identify those that complement their goals best. However, not all online courses are structured the same way: where some allow a great deal of scheduling flexibility, others strive to recreate a more traditional campus-based course environment online. Professors must consider these factors when choosing instructional tools and methods.