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ERIC Number: EJ1127739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2159-0281
Integrating Technology into the Online Classroom through Collaboration to Increase Student Motivation
Dyer, Thomas; Larson, Elizabeth; Steele, John; Holbeck, Rick
Journal of Instructional Research, v4 p126-133 2015
Technology is one of the most important components in the future of online learning. Instructors in online classes should lead the charge of innovation and integration of technology into the online classroom to ensure that students achieve the best learning outcomes. This article chronicles a theoretical model towards integrating technology as a best practice into the online classroom to increase student motivation, engagement and learning outcomes. Various technologies can be incorporated into the online classroom to enhance the course and meet student needs by offering differentiated instruction and activating various learning styles. This article explains how collaboration among faculty can make this task easier, more efficient and of greater benefit to the online student. It also theorizes that added technological materials equate to increased student engagement, motivation and learning outcomes in a course when a faculty collaboration diagnostic model is followed to integrate technology into the online classroom. Online education is growing at a rapid pace, which means instructors need to be more innovative to meet these demands (Allen & Seaman, 2011). Mestre (2010) noted the importance of instructors developing and utilizing online tools to meet the diverse learning needs of today's online learning population. The traditional written lecture method used in some online courses does not meet the needs of the online student population. Research had indicated that there is a vast need for instructors to enhance the online learning environment with several methods, including visual, kinesthetic, textual and auditory delivery methods (Mestre, 2010). This theoretical essay, while qualitative in nature, will discuss the journey of integrating technology into the curriculum of an introductory class by three instructors from a small private university in the Southwest.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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