Standard 6:­ Course Technology

General Standard 6 -­ Course Technology

Course technologies support learners’ achievement of course objectives or competencies.

Overview

The technology supports the core objectives of your course, and encourages active learning. The technology is available at all times, and to students accessing the course through desktops, tablets, and phones, on a variety of browsers. The technology is current and courteous of students’ privacy.

Examples

6.1 The tools used in the course support the learning objectives or competencies.

It can be tempting to use the latest-and-greatest technology, but it is important to make sure that it is in the service of your course. For example, a public speaking course might use video conferencing technology to great effect.

6.2 Course tools promote learner engagement and active learning.

It can be tempting to use technology to deliver content to students (as in a lecture video), but educational technology is most effective when it’s being used to facilitate interaction. Quality Matters provides guidelines for three kinds of interaction–instructor to learner, learner to learner, and learner to content. What technologies will stretch these boundaries?

6.3 Technologies in the course are readily obtainable.

Course technologies, such the LMS itself, software, or subscriptions, can greatly enhance a student’s learning process. Including information about what operating system works best with the technology and what LMS features are mobile friendly helps ensure students can easily find and purchase the required technologies. Include clear instructions on how to access these technologies.

6.4 The course technologies are current.

Are all of the technologies working as they should, for students on different platforms, computers, browsers? Has the course technology kept up with the pace of innovation, or is it outdated or obsolete?

6.5 Links are provided to privacy policies for all external tools required in the course.

Student privacy considerations are extremely important. Make sure any tools or technologies used in the course that require students to create a password-protected account also include information on how to keep their private information secure.

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