Basic Toolbox for Distance Education

September 11, 2008 at 11:42 pm (Uncategorized)

The Basic Toolbox for Distance Education


I will first start by addressing Dr. Lowell’s question about the difference between the teacher/ learner toolbox.  I feel that there would be similar items used for each.  I teach best by modeling and using the appropriate tools to teach.  How can I expect my students to use blogs if I do not use them myself?  If we keep all the teacher tools for only teachers, what fun would it be to learn?  In order to create more learners, we must expose the learner to tools that will actively engage them in a positive way (where results can be noticed).  We must keep the learner equipped with current tools that can be effectively used in order to create a more pleasant learning experience.  


The basic toolbox for distance education would consist of the following tools:


MOST IMPORTANT TOOL- “THE LEARNER” I feel the learner is the first tool that we must have in distance education (as learned in this course).  The learner must have an attitude of being a learner and willing to explore new grounds.


Pencil/ Paper (learner will use paper and pencil to gather thoughts in order to communicate with others).

Telephone/ Voice Mail (learner will need this tool in order to communicate with others if technological problems arise that can not be handled using the computer).  

Computer/ Word Processing/ High Speed Internet (leaner must have computer with internet access (high speed if possible to avoid delays) and Word Processing (for editing).

Chat Room/ Blogs/ Instant Messenger (before this class…I thought IM was for those who had too much time on their hands.  I now see how important it is.  It saves on phone bills and it creates an instant response).  The chatroom/ blogs are very important because the learner will need to communicate with classmates.

Books/ Online Articles/ Research Materials/ Websites (these items are very important tools to distance education.  We need all in order to research and understand the learning process.  If we don’t understand we can use books, online articles, websites, and other materials to help achieve objective).


Tools have changed tremendously over the last decade.  Technology (source of communication) has advanced greatly over the past years.  We began with books in the classroom and now many rooms have no textbooks.  We began with telephones/ mail as our only source of communication between distances and now we have email, iphones, etc.  It’s obvious to the human eye that the tools still exist; however, they’re not as popular.   The tool advances reach our populations and travel for miles.  Many still use the original tools but they continue to change rapidly.  

1 Comment

  1. Jacqulyn Eldridge Parsons said,

    I agree with you so much on your ideas about teachers and learners having the same tools. How can you really ask a student to use a tool that you don’t or haven’t used? What kind of example are you setting for that student? “I want you to use this tool, yet I don’t think that it is important enough for me to use it.” This is no attitude to have. If you are not excited about the tool that you are asking them to use, then how are they to be excited about it?

    It is so important that you act as if the learner is an equal. You are not better than them, you just want to help them in any way possible. Because of this, I think both the teacher and the learner should have very similar tool boxes. I could be wrong, but what do you guys think?

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