Currently, a pressing need for connecting people and technology is culture. Culture is the way humans connect socially and varies by location. Digital technologies are the current tools of this era of global connecting, and education in this era necessarily includes the use of digital technologies. However, this requires redesigning the education curriculum involving students, which may potentially act as a motivation for involvement.
Firstly, learning content whether its podcasts, assessment information or more specifically, educational videos can be uploaded very quickly and provides a highly flexible and accessible avenue for viewers. Platforms such as blackboard and Google Classroom can be accessed anywhere and at any time. Additionally, there is no capability as to how much content can be uploaded on websites as the space is mere infinite. It appears, however, that many students prefer to access course information, notes and assessment materials within online environments at a time that is convenient to them. (Davis et al,.2012)
However, it is the lack of student and teacher engagement through viewing online lectures that becomes an issue. Students will not be able to ask direct questions and receive immediate response. Traditional style lectures on the other hand promotes face to face communication where students are able to ask questions and receive immediate feedback. But, in the online environment dominated by social media and entertainment, it is hard to imagine that slide presentations and lecture videos can compete for attention. (Mollenberg & Aldridge, 2010; Schraw, Bendixen and Dunkle, 2002).
Online lectures with the use of digital media tools can be effective and efficient; however, they must be made through planning and great editing in order to elicit attention and to get your information across.
Using I-movie, I was able to construct my video about the issues of online lectures in oppose to traditional style lectures. There is a picture that I screen captured in my video where it shows a table that shows the strengths and weaknesses of both online lectures in contrast to traditional style lectures. I utilised Microsoft word in developing this table. Moreover, I have taken my own photo exemplifying what a ‘clicker’ does and how it is used in traditional lectures to enhance student and teacher interaction and engagement.
The strategies that I have used in order to attain scholarly sources are by efficiently going through Study notes available to me on CloudDeakin. Particularly Week 11’s topic on student learning and education with digital media. I used the ‘recommended readings’ and found the most relevant information to my contention and was able to draw a wide variety of examples from the sources. Throughout this exercise, I have learnt the different types of tools that can be used in Traditional style lectures to help student engagement such as Clickers.