WK3Assgn-Distance Learning Technology Solutions

Example 1: Collaborative Training Environment

Challenges:

1. The learners for this training are not able to meet at the same time or the same place.
2. The training workshop implemented must be feasible for different offices.
3. Staff members must be able to share information in the form of screen captures and documents, and participate in ongoing collaboration.

Distance Learning Technology Solutions

1. Web-conferencing (www.anymeeting.com)
2. Blackboard
3. Adobe Captivate

Anymeeting.com

A distance learning technology that I believe would be good for this collaborative training environment is web-conferencing tools. I found the resource http://www.anymeeting.com , and I believe it would be feasible for the training program. This web-conferencing tool has a free version and a paid version to choose from. It is geared towards small business use. The paid version is very cost-efficient making it very affordable for small businesses and individuals that may want to use it. Here are the features listed below:

Anymeeting.com Features

Examples:
http://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference-beta/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=EA53D886874A
http://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference-beta/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=E957D780814B

Blackboard

Blackboard is a tool used by many distance learning programs. There are many platforms, such as Blackboard learn, transact, connect, engage, mobile, collaborate, and analytics. Blackboard collaborate is the tool I will be discussing as a possibility to create the interactive training program with. Collaborate was designed specifically for education. “It is helping thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations worldwide, deliver a more effective learning experience through online, blended, and mobile learning. And it will help you open up all new aspects of real time, or anytime, learning to engage more students and improve outcomes (Blackboard, 2013).”

Blackboard Collaborate Features

Examples:

http://www.brainshark.com/blackboardinc/vu?pi=zIKzqrsiYz35Sgz0
http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Resources/Recorded-Demos.aspx
http://www.brainshark.com/blackboardinc/vu?pi=zFnz4tp24z35Sgz0
Link to other platforms of Blackboard:
http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms.aspx

Captivate

Captivate software has the ability to do screen captures, multimedia and interactive presentations with a lot of user/learner control. The new version allows you to create courses that meet accessibility standards. I believe that this program would be good to create an interactive training program because it gives you the ability to “add more interactivity to your courses with drag-and-drop modules, YouTube video streaming and in-course web browsing (Adobe Systems Inc., 2013).”

Captivate Features

Examples:
http://library.osu.edu/headhunt/game/click-zone
https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/34035/orgflash.htm;jsessionid=08C1B7192575399CFE580286EE994C76

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