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On-line Learning

Janell Samuels
Regent University
UIS 350
Professor Cheryl Gould

On-line Learning
On-line learning is a resourceful method that allows students to gain knowledge at
home. Skills have to be developed on the computer in order for the students to have a better
understanding of the material. Learning also applies to educators; understanding the material
helps teachers instruct students on the course requirements.
Experience of technology
Nicky Hockley describes on-line learning by experience. Hockley in her article The
Digital Generation focuses on individuals who regularly explore the internet. Computer
experience can be helpful when participating in on-line classes. There are individuals who are
experienced in technology and there are others who occasionally explore the internet. Hockley
(2014) states, The Resident is an individual who lives a percentage of their life online. The web
supports the projection of their identity and facilitates relationships. The Visitor is an individual
who uses the web as a tool in an organized manner whenever the need arises [. . .] They always
have an appropriate and focused need to use the web but dont reside there ( pg. 323).
Students need the support of educators in order to learn all the new technology associated with
on-line learning. Understanding the different groups, with their strengths and weaknesses, allows
the teachers to educate individual needs.
Math and Technology
Sergei Abramovich and Michael L. Connell present technology associated with math.
Using Technology in Elementary Mathematics Teacher Education: A Sociocultural
Perspective explores different math problems and approaches. The majority of the work is
taught in the classroom; a variety of additional math problems are included along with visual
representations of some math problems on computers. Microsoft Excel and visual grids are used
to explain the equations. The math problems are explained by using visual representations; the

students can solve the problems by using computer programs. I believe that knowledge of
technology should be taught first in the classroom. In the future, the students will be more
familiar with on-line learning if they have practiced using computers in the classroom.
Progression
M.K. Barbour, L. Archambault and M. DiPietro explain the progression of on-line
learning for K-12 by researching the statistics of progression in different areas for on-line
learning. The advancements for this area relate to set backs as well. Understanding what works
for the students takes consideration and knowledge from educators. Barbour, Archambault and
DiPietro (2013) state, However, one of the advantages that K12 online distance learning
provides to the practicing teacher is the availability of data collected by the learningmanagement system and the student-information system that can be used to make evidencebased decisions (pg.2). Researching the material ahead of time will insure the correct
information is given to the students.
Goals for Teaching
In the future, Lord willing, I would like to apply principles from the previous articles in
my classroom. It would be to the students benefit to have some knowledge of the computer
before they attend class. Practicing at home insures some experience. Math is a great subject that
goes well with visual representations and grids. Previous experience in math has taught me that
learning the material first before using calculators insures a better understanding of the material.
If there is a way to present this information to students in a technological way then the
knowledge will still be interpreted correctly. As an educator it is my responsibility to understand
how students interpret information. Attending college is one way to learn how to become a
teacher; experience in these areas will prepare me for a career.

References
Abramovich, S., Connell, M.L. (2013). Using Technology in Elementary Mathematics
Teacher Education: A Sociocultural Perspective. Hindawi
Retrieved on December 7, 2014 from
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2014/345146/
Hockly, N. (2011). The Digital Generation. Technology for the Language Teacher.
Retrieved on December 7, 2014 from https://regent.blackboard.com
Barbour, M. K., Archambault, L., and DiPietro, M. (2013). K-12 Online Distance
Education: Issues and Frameworks. American Journal of Distance Education.
Retrieved on December 7, 2014 from https://www.academia.edu/2781097