Static Versus Dynamic Technology Media For Distance Education

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Static versus Dynamic Technology Media for Distance Education

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Moller (2008) proposes a continuum from static, middle, and dynamic to distinguish the characteristics of technology and media for Distance Education. Static technologies provide access to content and enable communication and some degree of limited collaboration. Static media remain constant and stable upon creation or enable one way communication. In this category we find books, movies and videos, podcasts, journals, static websites, magazines, newspapers, broadcast tv or radio programming, and Fax transmission just to name a few. On the dynamic end of the spectrum we find interactive tools which enable collaboration, communication, and facilitate interaction with content. The mind map introduced in Figure 1 captures both static and dynamic tools and classify them respectively by category as content, collaboration, and communication media. Examples of Dynamic Technology Media include blogs, wikis, mind tools, social networking sites, interactive databases, interactive websites, bulletin boards…

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Technology for Learning vs.Technology for Education | Remake Learning

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Australia’s System of Education



As you can see by the diagram above, Australian students all attend the same schools until they are 15 years old, after which, they are tracked into apprenticeship, vocational education, or upper secondary school.  Students who choose a vocational education track can still attend university if they want.  In addition, students who choose to pursue careers in the university that are in higher demand (math, science, nursing, etc.), pay less to attend college.  The unemployment rate in Australia as of November 2012 is 5.1%.

Australia has a national curriculum and national standardized tests for reading and math are administered in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9.  Tests in other subjects such as science and civics are administered every three years.

(Source:  Center on International Education Benchmarking: 2012. Washington D.C.)

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Canada’s System of Education



In Canada, all students attend the same public school system until age 18, much like the U.S.  The difference is that Canadian students have a choice of studies in high school, so that if they choose to pursue a “Specialist High Skills Major,” when they graduate from high school, they receive a high school diploma and an industry certification. These majors are from 18 industry or trade fields.  The government offers grants to students who choose to go into apprenticeship after graduation, and offers tax credits to employers that will take on the apprentice.

A major reform in the Canadian education system was made in the mid-2000s when the Student Success Strategy was implemented. This strategy focused on “identifying potential dropouts early and providing them with the additional help they needed to succeed, including one-on-one learning opportunities, development of a range of new high school majors to appeal to a…

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