Using Technology to Facilitate Online Learning
Of course, the credit goes to technology for facilitating the idea of online learning. Going further, however, a similar aspect can be used to bring enjoyment in the online class and grab every individual student's attention. There are many forms of technology that online instructors at colleges/universities can use to make distance learning classes more lively and productive.
You can prepare slide-show presentations, graphical representations, use various forms of multimedia, and add good-discussion learning materials in order to increase your students' learning potential. Using video chats, live tutorials, simulation programs, RSS feeds, electronic forums, etc. all have taken online learning to the next level.
One good technological example is video streaming, which can help your virtual classroom students to instantly grasp the concept being taught. Search for video links on websites and blogs related to your subject and include these links in your posts. Other useful tools in this direction are webinars, videoblogs or vblogs, teleconferencing, interactive software, and podcasting. Using these mechanisms will ensure that your distance learning classes do not remain text-based only and will result in keeping your students interested in the material.