The Challengers

Description of Delivery

In 2009, technology has evolved so much that students have access to instruction via multiple methods that include desktop computers, web cameras, and audio and video learning environments (Skylar, 2009).  Online courses are divided into two categories: asynchronous and synchronous.  This course will be delivered in an asynchronous format, which provides a sense of community and increased collaboration with classmates.  This will be beneficial when the students have to comment on their peers’ blogs and various assignments, including the culminating project of designing a web page.

In high school, students may not be mature enough to handle a completely asynchronous class, which is why the instructor will utilize a combination course of asynchronous and synchronous.  It is important for instructors to monitor student progress.  By providing a synchronous communication opportunity, students will have a higher success rate.  Elluminate Live is a program that will enable the instructor and students to discuss concepts.  “Through this format, students participate using the text chat function, voice communication using a microphone, whiteboard tools, and real time surveys called polling” (Skylar, 2009). 

The delivery of this course will mostly be information posted on an online community such as Blackboard or WebCT.  Students will have access to the syllabus, modules, and assignments.  In addition, they will communicate via chat rooms, blogs, and email. 

Skylar, A. (2009).  A comparison of asynchronous online text-based lecture and synchronous interactive web conferencing lectures.  Issues in Teacher Education, 18(2), p. 69-81.

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