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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