“Communication technologies that increase
access to faculty members, help them share useful resources, and provide
for joint problem solving and shared learning can usefully augment
face-to-face contact in and outside of class meetings. By putting in place
a more “distant” source of information and guidance for students, such
technologies can strengthen faculty interactions with all students, but
especially with shy students who are reluctant to ask questions or
challenge the teacher directly. It is often easier to discuss values and
personal concerns in writing than orally, since inadvertent or ambiguous
nonverbal signals are not so dominant. As the number of commuting part-time
students and adult learners increases, technologies provide opportunities
for interaction not possible when students come to class and leave soon
afterward to meet work or family responsibilities.”
W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann (1996).
The online discussion can be carried on after
the class dismisses (extending the discussion to the online environment).
Students who aren’t verbal in f2f courses often become valuable
participants in an online environment. All conversations are captured electronically
allowing all students and instructor to participate in all conversations as
users and/or resources. An online discussion environment is one way to
include online technologies in your course. Barbara Solberg. 2000.
The teacher-student interaction is one of the
unique and positive aspects of distance learning. Indeed, some students
find that DL actually provides more interaction with the instructor than
occurs in regular courses. Instructors themselves say that feedback and
interaction are the keys to making distance learning effective.
Carl Wahlstrom, Brian Williams & Peter Shea. 2003.