Major describes five different online courses conducted by different instructors. The topics are varied including building search engines, digital story-telling, teaching literature for young adults, technology in higher education, and western civilization. All of the courses successfully provide “rewarding and meaningful experience” for many students (Major 105). For examples, Lisa’s online course about western civilization used multimedia teaching tools to create “rich experience” for both the instructor and students. Also, J. Patrick thought that students’ posts online “exceeded [his] expectations” as he created effective and efficient online learning environment. Moreover, Cris’s online literature course successfully let students experience online weekly class meetings. The stories depicted by Major are all related to digital web tools that support different moralities of online learning. According to my experience, TalentLMS and Google Suite can be two effective educational tools.
Google Suite can be an educational tool that gives users opportunities for communication, collaboration, and creativity. Google Hangouts is an example of decent G Suite communication tools. In Google Hangouts, students can interact with each other by messaging, video chatting, and screen sharing. Students in the same class are able to communicate with each other by working on teams and asking peers for feedback in order to learn. Also, Gmail and Google Drive can be regarded as collaboration tools. Gmail is a free and web-based email platform make collaboration occur the class. Students can also share their files created by Google drive with each other. With those effective collaboration and communication tools, students can feel comfortable working with other people, developing their interpersonal learning skills. As what Patrick mentioned, “a social learning approach seemed a natural fit” (Major, 93). In addition, Google Doc, Google Sheets, Google Forms, and Google Slides are tools that allow users to creatively produce new content. Teachers can create their learning materials with these tools. Students can create their projects also by using them. Therefore, Google Suite can be a decent educational tool that provide users with opportunities for communication, collaboration, and creativity.
TalentLMS offers robust course creation tools for both educational and business use. I’ve used that in EDCI335 course to build a Java Programming Tutorial with two other teammates. I found that is a decent online teaching tool as it provides visual, textual, and social learning for users. In terms of visual learning, users can post videos, audios, diagrams on the platform, as well as create games for teaching purpose, which provides interesting content for students. Also, it is easy to integrate existing training materials such as presentations, Word, and PDF document to provide textual learning experience. Furthermore, TalentLMS has features of video-conferencing discussion forum for students to have interactions with each other. Instructors can also make quizzes, tests, assignments to create teacher-student interactions. Therefore, TalentLMS is an excellent tool for online teaching because it offers users opportunities of visual, textual, and social learning. (488 words)