When it comes to teaching or taking an adult class, technology helps make that coiurse easier. One of the way technology make the course easy is through virtual classrooms. With a virtual classroom learners are able to do discussion boards with other students and have group activity online. Technology also allows learners to view professors discuss different learning topics or learning objectives.
Before incorporating technology in the online learning enviorment instructors should consider the geopraphic, culture and gender. All three are important topict to consider when taking a coursein a adult enviornmenr. If the instructor understand that learners learn at different paces and online classes are designed to help working adults with children, work and full schedule to be flexible to accomadate the learner finishing class. Also if instuctors understand the geographic of were the learners are located then they will continue to give the learner the full seven days to finish work because some learners may have extra time dependin on where they live.
In my personal opinion usability and acessibility are key in online classes. For example if you ahve a good website but none of the learners understand how to operate the site or have acess to the website than that is a wasted source. Also users that are using these different site have to be given detailed directions to operate these websites. Because sometimes the sites need different acess codes or passwords to log on to the website.
Technologies vary online because instructors use different technologies for different purposes. For example a math intructor will use different websites to educate students about mathematics versus a english teacher using different online enviormental sites to teach english. Most online enviorments have instructors giving online lessons that will help the learner understand the learning objective for that week. Another good tool for learning is discs or CD's. Last good site is website with differeent educational informatiion that focus on the course.