Topic 3: Overview of Online Technologies
Faculty Team Members:  Consultants: 
Anne Comins - CCBC Joe Goldsmith - Capitol College
Brad Humphreys - UMBC John Bouman - Howard CC
Carol Wilson-Robbins - Chesapeake Sue Liggett - Montgomery CC
Don Robinson - Allegany Alan Bogage - Carroll CC
  Michael Schacker -
  Christel Vonderscheer - Harford CC
  Enid Bank - UMUC

Analyze the Audience 

All participants should have basic computer skills and Internet skills.

This level of training is for beginners, intermediate, advanced and trainers. All levels can benefit from this topic. The training in online technologies is an ongoing process, beginning with basic webpage design and courseware technologies and evolving into more elaborate technologies including enhanced communication tools and multimedia tools.

Learning Objectives 
  1. Measurable goals for this topic:
    • Participants will develop an awareness of the online technologies available today. These include:
      • Course management tools
      • Communications tools
      • Web page editors
      • Multimedia development tools
      • Online document editing tools
    • Participants will progressively incorporate the appropriate online technologies into their courses.
  2. Critical issues: 
    • Standards set by college may limit technology choices
    • Selected technologies must be compatible with the college network
    • Faculty member needs access to the technologies in order to explore possible implementation into course. 
    • Faculty member needs time to explore the technologies.
Presentation of Topic Information 
  • What information must be included to adequately understand this topic?
    • Demonstrations of online courses into which the technologies have been implemented effectively.
    • Hands-on use of the online technologies
  • Who are the "experts" and what can they add?  Include contact information for each "expert".

~ FOTTC Presentation on WebTycho - Enid Bank - UMUC

~ Conducting Live Classes Using CorissLine, Joe Goldsmith - Capitol College

~ Introduction to Blackboard and Online Teaching, Sue Liggett - Montgomery College

The time needed to adequately address this topic will depend on whether or not the faculty member's college has adopted standards for each technology. 

Available Resources 

Online Resources

~ Online Educational Delivery Applications: A Web Tool for Comparative Analysis
An absolute must-see for anyone trying to choose an educational delivery application. 

~ Systems for Distance Learning

~ Blackboard, Inc. commercial webite

~ Asynchronous Tools

~ WebCT

~, Inc.

~ What is WebTycho?

~ PBS: Serf Course Management Software


  • Possible discussion questions.
    • Which online course management tool offers the set of features needed for your online course?
    • Considering the various internally developed and marketed online applications with which you are familiar, how would you compare and describe 'form follows function' with regard to pedagogy and pedagogical styles of teaching and presentation of learning and discussion materials? In this case, "form" is the pedagogy and "Function" is the online application. Submitted by Joe Goldsmith, Capitol College
    • How could the use of multimedia elements (graphics, sounds, video) enhance your online course?  What considerations need to be given to use of these tools in terms of the student?  Will all students have the technology available to view, hear, and/or download these enhancement tools?
    • What other technologies could enhance your online course? 
    • Alternative assessment strategies could also enhance your course.  What activities would you have your students do to keep them motivated and interested in your content and ultimately your course?
Assessment Strategies 
  • What strategies would you use to assess understanding of this topic?
    • Effective implementation of technologies in online course.
  • How would you use these strategies to assess understanding of this topic?
    • Quizzes, exercises, post paper or PowerPoint response to website, presentations in various formats, etc. 
    • Feedback from students on student course evaluation forms