Dealing with synchronous and virtual classroom environments

I found this terrific video on Teacher Tube. I think that what drew me to this video emphasis on the importance of giving learners more control over their learning.

Download Video: Posted by elizmurphy at TeacherTube.com.
Love the points:

  • Teachers need to take the time to build additional learning activities online outside of  ‘seatwork’
  • When teaching in an online environment it is very important to cultivate awareness of the capabilities of yourself, your learners, and the technology
  • Learning Management systems can be constrictive to online learners – it imposes strong and rigidly structured environment
  • Tools like Elluminate (Acrobat Connect) can still restrict the freedom of learners by giving instructors way too much control.
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